There are Crossfit workouts and then there are Crossfit workouts. Murph is one of those that comes loaded with a ton of meaning for the community and reminds us of the sacrifices made by our men and women in the armed forces to keep our country free.
Men’s Health did a fantastic article this year on what Murph is and what it represents, so I encourage you to give it a read.
This workout and I have always had a tenuous relationship. First, there’s the run aspect. Y’all know that I am not fond of running. I’d rather turn and face the damn bear than run from the thing, even if it means dying in the process.
I’ve done some form of Murph just about every year since starting at Continuum in 2013.
- 2013 – My first Murph. I split it with Mickey and finished in 65 minutes
- 2014 – We did a modified Murph at home – push-ups, air squats, and sit-ups – no idea on time
- 2015 – I did a 1 mile run/walk, 1/2 Murph and DNF
- 2016 – I started with a 2000m row, did 1/2 Murph, and walked a mile in 52 minutes
- 2017 – I split it with Mickey. She ran a mile and I rowed. We each did 10 rounds, Cindy-style. And we finished in 55 minutes.
- 2018 – Ran both ends of 1/2 Murph and finished in 47:32. That’s a 5 minute improvement over 2016 and 8 minutes better than 2017.
- 2019 – We did Murph but I don’t have any details (it was a crazy time because Mickey was graduating from high school)
- 2020 – Must be COVID blindness ’cause I don’t remember what we did last year. I suspect we did something at Marilee’s due to COVID restrictions, but I may have skipped it
So that brings us to 2021. We’re all vaccinated. Ev and I wanted to do the workout together, but it didn’t quite work out that way. She’s over at Marilee’s doing it now and I did it at Continuum earlier today.
- 800m run/walk (ran about 200m and then my left ankle/calf turned to concrete, so I walked the rest)
- Ten rounds of
- 5 ring rows (body is not up to pull-ups at this point)
- 10 push-ups (usually split into 5/5 or 4/2/2/2)
- 15 air squats
- 800m walk (started walking about the 30 minute mark)
- Time: 39:46
No matter what, that’s a pretty decent time for me and definitely a lot better than other years. Not sure why that’s the case, but hey, I’m happy.
My left ankle/calf is a little annoyed at the moment, but it’ll get better. Hopefully tomorrow’s workout doesn’t have any running. 🙂
Great work Continuum family! Y’all rocked it this year as per usual!