This marks the 8th year (I think? I’ve lost count to be honest) that I’ve completed the Memorial Day Murph Workout.
For those not in the know “Murph” is a workout done in memory of Lt. Michael Murphy in Crossfit, gym facilities, and military bases around the world usually on Memorial Day (though it’s also done as a stand alone workout anytime someone feels particularly sadistic.)
If you are unfamiliar with the event, the men involved, and why the workout is held annually click here to read more.
I show up each year, and some years I crush it while others I slog through it. This year fell into the latter category and my goal was simply to show up. Lately I have found that to be the case with my training, and it is incredibly frustrating. I share this to say even though I work in the fitness industry motivation is often not there, so I cannot rely on it alone to show up.
I had friends and clients join me for the workout today, I was the host so I couldn’t back out. I told myself to do what I could, that showing up was more important than beating my body to oblivion. Just show up. I did, and I finished all the reps required in under my hour time cap. I also helped my 8 year old son get through his reps. His goal was to finish it this year, and while it took him over 2 hours he can check the box and say it’s done. We weren’t out to win any awards or set any records, but we crossed the finish line and to me that’s one reason why we participate each Memorial Day.
Murph is done each year in remembrance. Remembering the men and women that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the rest of us. It’s one hour, that’s it. Even if you do a modified version (and to be clear that is exactly what I do) it’s that opportunity to think about something that is so much bigger than yourself.
I hope if you are reading this that you enjoy time outside with your family today. Cookouts, beach time, maybe a nap in the shade. Whatever the case may be, don’t forget why you usually get today off and say a little prayer for those that are on watch while we enjoy the holiday. Land of the Free, Because of the Brave.