Happy Summer!

I can’t believe it’s the end of May already. Time feels like it’s moving super speed anymore. I’m not sure if it’s the kids being the ages they are or my age or what, but man, the years feel like they are flying by. This fall my oldest, the original “The Toddler,” is starting High School. HIGH SCHOOL. I can’t even say it without sighing.

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about the kids. They are one measure of time for me, of course. The other, lately, is CrossFit.

This past weekend was my 7th Memorial Day Murph event. That’s how long I’ve been CrossFitting! Seven freakin’ years. Part of me thinks I should be further along the other part of me is like, STFU, you are stronger than you’ve ever been.

But I digress.

Anyway, if you haven’t heard of Murph CNN did a great write up. In summary, it’s a workout to honor Navy Lt. Michael Murphy who died in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.

The workout is

  • 1-mile run
  • 100 pull-ups
  • 200 push-ups
  • 300 air squats
  • 1-mile run
  • … in a 20-lb. weight vest or body armor

I did my first Murph in 2013, scaled of course. I couldn’t do pull-ups, my push-ups were weak, and there was no way I was running with a vest on. So I did what I could — ring rows, snaked push-ups, no vest — and finished it in about an hour.

Every year since then, I’ve challenged myself to do each move a little stricture and a little bit closer to Rx than the year before.

This year, was the closest I’ve come to completing it as prescribed and I believe it was my best time, ever.

I joined the first heat of the day and wore my new 20# vest for the run.

Just look at me, all smiles even though I know what’s coming.

I flirted with the idea of doing each move (pull-ups, push-ups, squats) straight through but decided instead to break the workout into five rounds of 20 pull-ups, 40 push-ups, and 60 squats.

This year was the first time I was able to make it through all the pull-ups, correctly. I did take off the vest for them. I’m crazy but not that crazy. I also know my limitations, I’m just not ready to do that many pull-ups with an extra 20 lbs.

I was SUPER proud of completing 100 pull-ups. It’s the most I’ve ever done.

The push-ups were, by far, the worst part of the workout. I was doing okay for the first two rounds but when they gone, they gone. At one point I could barely do sets of two.

The squats are more of an annoyance than anything. My strategy was sets of 10, short break and then right back in for another set of 10 until I hit sixty each round.

After the five rounds, the vest went back on for the final mile run.

That last mile is always grueling but at that point, it’s also refreshing knowing the worst is behind you.

So this year I completed:

  • 1 mile run with 20# vest
  • 100 pull-ups (no vest)
  • 200 push-ups (no vest)
  • 300 Squats (no vest)
  • 1 mile run with 20# vest

in 55:01 and I couldn’t be happier with that.

Next year, my goal is to wear the vest for the entire workout. It’s freaking me out to think about it already because it seems impossible for me, but I never thought I’d be able to do the things I’m doing right now so…

I’m just going to keep training!

Big shout out to my friend Ray for snapping such awesome photos and to my CrossFit family at Perry Hall.

Some of the best people I know, for sure.

Surround yourself with good people; surround yourself with positivity and people who are going to challenge you to make you better. -Ali Krieger

Published by Roni

A 40ish - wait, what?! - Mom who loves to try new things, share her food adventures, and inspire people to reach their goals.