This week has been just a series of bad nights of sleep — one after another. It started Monday night; I couldn’t find a comfortable position due to “Post Murph Soreness”.
This Hero Workout was done Monday in honor of Memorial Day and all those who gave their lives for our country. I heard on the news that morning that of the US population “of age” to serve, less that 1% currently do. This, to me, shows just how far we’ve come from the days of wars past — when drafts meant everyone knew someone who served. The news channel called this less than 1% the reason for disconnect. It’s a lack of empathy, really. If you don’t know anyone who’s served, how would you know the struggles and sacrifices that come with it?
For me, I have a few friends currently serving and a few family members that have served — so I’m somewhat aware of what a huge deal Memorial Day is. (And Veteran’s day… and any other day my dad says…)
So it was SO COOL that my gym makes a big deal out of Memorial Day. We prepped for weeks to complete the Murph. I’ve seen it on movies and youtube videos of actual crossfitters and it looks BRUTAL. As a newb, I knew it would take me a while, but I was determined to just keep going (like the little engine that could). I decided on a few mantras for the day to keep me going; “just keep going”, “never quit”, “you can do it”, and “pain is temporary!”. They really helped.
For the first mile, I knew I had to take it easy. I had seen others really move on this mile and didn’t want to just be gassed going into the bulk of the workout. So I decided to run/walk it with hubby. He isn’t at at place to run the full mile without stopping, but run/walking it with me was a great “warm up” and an amazing way to start the workout.
The mile path led us through a local cemetery where caretakers placed little American Flags on graves of those who’ve served. It was very humbling to see the sea of little flags waving in the breeze. So many! Walking 2 minutes and running 1 minute gave us time to warm up our bodies and catch our breath. It also gave us time to pull ourselves into the moment and remember why we were doing the workout at all. The little flags were just an added bonus – a visual reminder of just how many we honor on this day.
The rest of the workout I broke into 20 rounds. The first 15 rounds I did 5 pull ups, 10 pushups, and 20 squats. This way, the last five rounds were just 5 pull ups and 10 pushups — and I could save my legs a bit for the final mile.
I took off on the final mile by myself — and was totally gassed. I ran the first third — walked a bit, ran a bit, walked a bit, then ran the whole last quarter of a mile (sprinting the last 100 feet or so). Final Time: 1:10:46
I felt so elated to be done! Needless to say, I was a bit sore the next few days. THOSE SQUATS THO!
This soreness meant I couldn’t get comfortable to sleep. So lots of tossing and turning to try to get comfy.
How did you spend Memorial Day?
Did you serve or know anyone who did? How do you feel about this less than 1% statistic?
Have you ever done Murph? What was your time?
Special thanks to all who’ve served and to all who continue to serve.