The Murph Challenge over Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2015

Over the weekend, Micheal & I participated in the Murph Challenge at Crossfit Undeniable (you can learn more about the Murph Challenge here).This Crossfit Hero WOD was organized to pay tribute to LT. Michael P. Murphy (SEAL). I previously knew very little about Michael Murphy, but thanks to the coaches at Undeniable and a viewing of "Lone Survivor", I got a taste of how remarkable this American Hero truly was. I'd be lying if I said I didn't cry while watching the movie... and yet this is just one story of what our men and women experience in the armed forces (Lone Survivor is a movie about Michael Murphy and the courageous men who fought alongside him). The work required for the WOD pales in comparison to the dedication, struggle, and commitment these heroes display on a daily basis.

I completed the full challenge, without a weight vest and with modifications. For pull ups, I did jumping pull ups on rings and for push ups, I did them on my knees. Just like every workout in Crossfit, the coaches can modify anything to be at the appropriate level for each individual. Some people did 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4 of the workout, and others did the entire workout as suggested. I'm so proud of Michael for finishing the workout with a 20 lb weight vest - way to go! The workout was humbling and challenging, but dedicating a little bit of sweat and hard work seems like very little compared to those who have given so much in the armed forces.

starting line

We had 55 participants show up to complete the Murph Challenge at Crossfit Undeniable - it was a full house! We all had to share pull up bars/rings and space, but it was really great to see how many people came for the event. 

Completing some of my jumping pull ups
Michael mid-way through the Murph Challenge
Michael finishing up his last mile of Murph and proudly carrying the American flag
Michael and I with two of our favorite friends, Todd & Heather (who also completed Murph)
The men of Crossfit Undeniable who completed the challenge with a weight vest
Michael & I after completing the Murph Challenge
I finished the complete Murph challenge (without a vest) in 50 minutes and 30 seconds
After everyone completed Murph, there was a BBQ/potluck lunch for everyone to relax and enjoy each other's company. The people at Crossfit Undeniable really are incredible (and did I mention there was monkey bread!?)

Munching after Murph
Life is just more fun with these lovely people
I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend and took a few minutes to honor our nation's heroes. 

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