Monday, May 31, 2010

Navy Lt. Michael Murphy I Salute You

This is me after, MURPH, the Memorial Day workout we did today in honor and memory of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country on June 28, 2005, when he was killed in Afghanistan.

This work out was one of his favorites, and although he referred to it as "Body Armor," it has been renamed "Murph" by the Crossfit community in order to honor the man, the soldier, the brother, the son, the one who represents so many of our soldiers that we remember and give thanks for on days like today.

Murph consists of a 1 mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and another 1 mile run. The last time we did this WOD, I completed it in 77 minutes and 27 seconds. I did supine ring rows as my pullups and also did my pushups with my knees on the ground. Today, I did red band assisted pullups and FULL body weight pushups, no knees. I completed the day in 75:25. Not bad for a 40 year old wife and mother of two. Not bad at all for a hot mess.

It doesn't matter how strong or weak you think you are...YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW. You will never know the power that lies within you until you give it a try. You will never run a mile if you don't get up and start running. You will never do a pullup if you don't hop up on a bar and try one. You will never do a full body pushup unless you drop to the ground and try. The point is TRY!! You are stronger than you think you are! I know I am, and guess what? I am getting even stronger.

25 pounds lost, so far, since I started this blog...25 pounds...2 clothes sizes...around 15 inches...and it's only the beginning. In addition to my successes, I have seen many people, just like me, that are doing the same thing. I watch them everyday do what they never imagined they would ever do. They are doing it because they tried! So, whatever your "hot mess" looks like, GET UP and GET MOVING!!! It's about being crazy strong.

Today while I was running the last mile of "Murph," I thought about walking the last 1/2 mile. Then, I thought about Navy Lt. Michael Murphy. He never quit, he never said never, and he paid the ultimate price for this country. I began to pick up speed and completed the run while praying for his family, where ever they are today, remembering their loved one. It reminded me of the faithfulness of God to me and my family. Thank God today, and everyday, for your blessings.


  1. I am so proud of you! You are such an inspiration to many people!!! Hope you have a Blessed Memorial Day. Love you, Charlynn

  2. Way to go Dixi!!! Great accomplishment, and great blog!