Memorial Day Murph

Well thanks to all of you who crossed your fingers for me this morning during my Memorial Day Murph adventure.

This was my friend Sarah and I BEFORE the torture began:


It may not look like it, but these are our scared faces. We’re putting on a courageous show. Mostly because behind the camera person, this was going on:


Murph, if you recall, starts with a 1 mile run (which I completed in 10:30, which is pretty good for me) and then includes 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, and 300 squats before you head back outside for another 1 mile run. That second mile, I’m certain, I did NOT run in 10:30. Frankly, when I got out there to run I was surprised at how freaking sore my ARMS were. You expect your legs to be jello, but the arms…the arms I did not factor into the equation. Noted. I spent 400 meters running like a zombie with my arms flailing at my sides. It was pretty.

Speaking of pretty, this is what we looked like when we were done:


Pretty. Freaking. Sweaty.

But happy for our efforts. I was hoping to beat my prior 63 minute time, and I’m happy to say I completely annihilated that and came in at just about 56 minutes. I am glad to have benchmarks like these to remind me that I am making progress even when the scale isn’t behaving how I would like it.

It was long and brutal, but I’m so glad I did it! And I couldn’t have done it with out the accountability of my friend Sarah and the encouragement of my coach Theresa, of course. Post WOD smelly ass photo shoot:


I walked into the house when it was all over and Garrett was like “You stink! But I’m proud of you.” And you know, I will take it.

It was a good Memorial Day. Let’s put it in the books.

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7 comments to Memorial Day Murph

  • Steph
    May 29, 2012 at 9:01 am


  • Jenn
    May 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Congrats on the Murph PR!! My box did Murph yesterday too but I wasn’t able to make it. Helen owned me this morning though. However, I’m in love with CrossFit, even though it’s only my 3rd class! Thank you for the awesome posts to get me motivated to join. :)

    • Holly
      May 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Glad you liked it! I just read your post about your on-ramp experience…congrats! I know you mentioned considering Paleo, if you have any questions about transitioning and what not shoot me an email. I didn’t (and still haven’t) given up cheese I just don’t eat it every single day. (Well, most of the time anywyay :)) Experiment and see what works for you…best of luck Jenn!

  • jodie
    May 30, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I just started crossfit (yesterday was my second time) my hubby didnt want me to try the Murph…he thought i might never come back ROFL.

    • Holly
      May 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      But look…here you are! Back in action! :) Hope you enjoyed Murph. Well, you know…”enjoyed” HA!

  • Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan
    June 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Congratulations, superstar! That is a huge PR. Way to go!





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