Murph: A CrossFit Hero WOD named after Navy Lieutenant Micheal Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. He was 29, and awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor after his death.
Murph consist of: 1 Mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and another 1 mile run to finish, all while wearing a 20lb. weight vest. Murph is now commonly done on Memorial Day across the nation in honor of Lt. Micheal Murphy and those that have scarificed so much to protect our country. For anyone who has done this workout, knows how much of a grind it is.
Hi! Im Kristina!! You might be wondering what all this has to do with me? Well, for about the past 10 years, fitness has been a huge part of my life and happiness. On December 31st, 2019 I had a minor hip surgery. I woke up on New Years Day and decided this year I was going to kick butt, but really didn't know what all that meant. Fast forward 3 weeks later, I decided to enter a "Transform You Challenge" to get back at it and start working on my physical self. Who knew that by doing this challenge I would start to focus on my inner strength and beauty just as much, if not more than my physical. In the course of the past 6 months I have become stronger than I have ever been and my heart has become more open than I could ever Imagine. Through strength, I have found true inner beauty.
The day before Memeorial Day, I had a thought- What if I do a Murph WOD each week till Labor Day. Including the one I was about to do the next day, that would make for 15 Murphs in total!!! I know...Insane. I had only really done 1 full Murph before and was about to do my second. So the morning of Memorial Day before I headed out to do Murph, I posted on my Facebook account and my Instagram account (@lovinlifestena) to see if anyone else wanted to join in on this journey. By the end of the day I had gotten about 20 or so people to join in. It felt so awesome to have a group of people trying to acheive the same goal. I completed my 2nd Murph having to scale my pull-ups to jumping pull-ups, alternating push-ups from full to on my knees and not able to wear a vest. I completed it in 50:40. I have set a goal to do Murph on Labor Day without having to scale and do it in full wearing a weighted vest. My next thought was, what if i can use this physical challenge as a way to help others in need. Through a Facebook comment I came across the "Range Of Motion Project", also known as "ROMP". It was perfect!! ROMP is a non-profit, for-impact healthcare organization dedicated to providing prosthetic and orthotic care to those without access to these services. I'm so excited to be able to use my strength, movement and mobility to help those in need. Every $1000 raised will provide a prosthetic to 1 person. This will be my first goal. My ultimate goal would be to raise $2500 so that person may get PT support as well. To everyone that is supporting me in this journey, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Stay tuned each week for pictures and updates!!