Next Monday, CrossFit 818 will participate in the annual Memorial Day Murph Workout. The workout is a tribute to a great man who served his country in many ways. In this post I’d like to cover exactly what that means. Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy was killed in action fighting for his country during Operation Enduring Freedom on June 28th, 2005. His friends always called him Murph, and that nickname stuck with him through his training to become a Navy Seal. Michael Murphy was a decorated Seal, but his story starts long before that.
In high school, he picked up the nickname “Murph: The Protector”, for always somehow being in the right place at the right time, and doing the honorable thing. In 8th grade, he protected a special needs child who was being shoved into a locker by a group of boys. He also protected a homeless man, who was being attacked while collecting cans. He chased away the attackers and helped the man pick up his cans. During the summer months he worked as a lifeguard at a local lake.
Murph was killed in action doing what he had always done, protecting. He was shot by Taliban forcing while exposing himself from cover to get a good radio signal. He called for help to try and save his 4 man team when his mission went wrong. After being shot, he continued to battle with his brothers until he died from his wounds. Only one man survived from his team. Murph was post humorously awarded the highest honor a soldier can receive, The Congressional Medal of Honor.
If you’d like to learn more about this great man’s story, there is a documentary that was made covering the details of his life. Murph: The Protector, is available through iTunes and Amazon. It was released in January 2014, and I have to say it’s one of the saddest and most inspirational films I’ve ever seen. There are few movies that have made me cry my eyes out, and this is one of them. The others are The Green Mile, Braveheart, and Marley and Me… Yes I know, I’m a big softy.
If the idea of 2 miles of running, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 air squats is daunting to you, just remember what Murph did for his country. Next Monday, be there.
Part A: 5x5 glute/ham raises
Part B: EMOTM 18:
odd - 200m row
even - 15 push ups
Posted by Tyler