Why I Do Murph

For the past few years, on Memorial Day, I always have one thing that I do. I head over to my gym and it down with about 30 of my gym friends and listen to the story of Murph.

What is Murph? I talked about this last year on my blog. Murph is a workout that we do every year on this day to show respect for our fallen soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The workout is…

1 Mile Run
100 Pullups
200 Pushups
300 Squats
1 Mile Run

This year was the first year where instead of doing it as a partner I did it myself. My version was a little different as I did a 1 mile run, then 10 rounds of 10 pull-ups, 20 pushups, and 30 squats, then another 1 mile run. I still did the work but I just broke the reps up. This was from the advice of my coach.

This workout is as hard as it looks. I am still very sore from it but thats not the point. The point is to feel even an ounce of the pain that our soldiers go through for our freedom. I have so many friends in the military and I have so much respect for the sacrifice they not only make for themselves but for their families. I have a friend that is out of the country and is missing his son who is not even six months old yet. That is love to be able to withstand that and I am here fortunate enough to see and hold my girls anytime I want. What a reality check.

So if you never done this workout then give it a try. Do a partner version. I hope you all had a great Memorial Day.

Happy Thursday!

Crossfit Has Changed Everything!

Sorry I have not really been on the blogsphere lately. I have been very busy and it has not been because of running. It actually has been cause of Crossfit. I have been busy snatching, box jumping and burpee-ing in my free time but that is not all. 

A couple of months ago my coach and the owner of the Crossfit gym I attended put a post in Facebook about needing help with some marketing and website stuff. Having to be currently working in advertising for the local newspaper and having a certificate in website design I responded. 

I was starting to get bored. Not with Crossfit but with my entire fitness routine. I mean once you run a marathon what is there left to do? Nobody care about a PR for a local 5k. People get it. You are a runner. Move on. So when my coach approached me about it and “gave” me the keys to the kingdom, I was nervous. 

My first assignment was to help with homepage. So I cleaned it up and made it more for our target audience. Then I ran out first campaign on Facebook, which led to me having control of all the social media accounts. Then a funny thing happened. I started getting complement from the members about how well the marketing was going. They loved it. Suddenly I changed the image from a gym to a community. Members were getting excited and that campaign I ran brought in a ton more business. 

I started talking to my coach about other things we could do. We came up with some things to keep out members engaged. Soon I found myself coming out of my slump. I am currently in a 21 day nutrition challenge and fixing to start my final week. I feel so good and alive. Through this challenge I have found a desire to meal prep and have been researching recipes and looking at YouTube videos. 

My performance at the gym has improved. I am now feeling better then ever. This past weekend I did my first ever pull up and I mean first EVER! I will be competing in my first competition this weekend and I am so excited and scared but mostly excited. My additude has changed. I am meeting new people and I have a lot more Crossfit friends then I thought. I know I am not in this journey alone. 

As for my new place of business? My gym has gotten a lot of new people. Our website traffic has increased, our engagement on social media is at an all time high, and our members are happy. I love my new role at the gym and I would not trade it for anything. 

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