The MURPH workout for me and I believe most crossfitters is one of the, if not the most taxing workouts that CrossFit offers. Personally, it is THE benchmark workout that measures overall fitness. If I improve from one year to the next, then I know that I am progressing in my fitness goals. This year is my third year doing it and my second year doing it as prescribed with the twenty pound weighted vest. On my last two attempts, I had a mix of dread and eagerness. Dread because of the amount of work that MURPH demands but enthusiasm as well. As much as I knew it was going to hurt I needed to challenge myself to be better.
Last year my time was 43:37 but wore my vest up until the final mile. Ever since then I vowed that when I did it again, this year I will keep the weighted vest on no matter what and beat my old time. This year I didn’t feel any dread all I felt was the eagerness and the hunger to challenge myself. Don’t get me wrong I knew it was going to hurt, I knew it would challenge me as few workouts could, but this year I was hungry. I didn’t want the challenge I needed it as much as I needed to breathe that day. I had no doubt I was going to do better than last year now it was my time to prove it.
9 am was our start time I strapped on my vest and our coach, and a fellow veteran gave a great short speech on the 4th of July and told the story of Lt. Murphy from whom the workout is named after. We were asked to run behind the flag bearer for the first lap then after that, we could run at our pace. It felt great to run and look to my right and see the flag next to me. After the first lap, it was game on. That twenty-pound vest weighs heavy from the first step. I kept my head looking forward and maintained a steady pace. I managed to finish the mile under the eight-minute mark. Now the tough part began pull-ups, pushups, and squats. This year I broke them up into twenty rounds instead of ten. The idea was to maintain a steady pace for as long as possible. It worked out well because I was able to keep that pace with few stops except for wiping off the sweat from the unforgiving Texas heat. Near the end of my twenty rounds, my legs began to gain weight, and my squats got harder by a factor of ten. Nevertheless, I looked at the clock and still kept moving. In the back of my mind, I kept wondering when was I going to confront my doubt. When will that voice start talking to me? I finished the last round and now began the last mile. Our mile consisted of 4 laps around one of the long buildings next to our gym. Now the vest had gained another 20 pounds, and my legs became twenty pounds of concrete apiece. Then that voice started talking to me.
“You can stop now.”
“You have done enough.”
“You can’t do it.”
Even with my earphones on that voice was louder than the music blasting in my ears. I am very thankful that my friend George ran with me even though I couldn’t hear what he was saying the fact he ran next to me helped keep me moving.
Thank you, George.
I was able to keep a steady pace with until the final two laps. Especially on the 3rd lap I would stop running and walk a few steps then run and walk a few more. I am disappointed in myself because I did the same on the 4th lap as well. However, I did manage to sprint the last 200m to the end. When I finally finished, I couldn’t get the vest off me fast enough and drop to the floor in front of the giant fan.
The big question, what was my time? Did all that effort, sweat, and more sweat pay off? Did I manage to get my goal time? My time was 43:00. I managed to knock off 37 seconds off my time and get the second best time individual time in the gym overall!!!
One of the things I love about CrossFit is that if you push yourself hard enough, you will face your doubts, your fears head-on. It will tests like few things will in this modern world. But meeting those fears is vital if you want to see what you are truly capable of.
“If you believe you can or can’t.
Next year 40:00.
Till next time