If you would have told me I was going to complete a Murph a year ago, I would have told you, you are crazy. Fast forward to last weekend and I was able to complete a 1 mile run, 100 seated push presses, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats & a another mile run. Although it was a “modified” workout, it gave me hope that I otherwise didn’t have to ever complete a regular Murph one day. My goal is to do the full workout with pull ups next year. Although it was this huge deal prior to doing it, during the workout it didn’t seem bad when broken into sets. To those who might be intimidated like I was, I’d say go for it… it was a fun, empowering & fulfilling experience.
I am the new guy at Crossfit 100. Exactly eight weeks before “Murph” on Memorial Day I was driving past the gym and decided to pull in and ask a few questions. There were no classes going on, but the owner, Marcela, was there and had time to answer a few of my questions. She offered me a free trial session and invited me to an evening class later on that day. I happily accepted and showed up for the class. Despite my nasty injury during the box jump event, I was hooked and signed up for the Beginner 5 session class, which I completed in a little over a week.
Having less than seven weeks of regular classes under my belt, I thought about skipping out on the “Murph” event. I voiced my concerns to Marcela and she convinced me to participate, and I am really glad I did. It was not easy, but I did not kill myself doing it either. I did not wear a vest, and I broke up the exercises into 20 sets as Marcela recommended. My goal was to run the first mile at 9 minutes, do the 20 sets in 40 minutes, and finish it up with an 11 minute mile. My Polar GPS watch had me running almost exactly as planned, but it took me 45 minutes to finish the exercises. 1hr 5 min was my time. Not good, but I was happy with that, and am now preparing for next year, where I plan to wear a vest and do the “Murph” in the order it was intended to be done.