Was Murph Worth It?

On Veteran’s Day (Monday) our box did the “Murph” memorial WOD, which is the CrossFit version of a “Darth Vader” row:

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull ups
  • 200 push ups
  • 300 air squats
  • 1 mile run

It was a long workout (46:23), and of course the push ups were my Waterloo.  It wasn’t intense, just very long, requiring mental fortitude and a willingness to chip away at it 1-2 reps at a time, trying to maintain an unbroken rhythm at dubstep tempo,

It was the first CrossFit WOD I had done since Hurricane Sandy.  I never thought I could do 100 pullups or 200 pushups even in a day, let alone in less than an hour.  But I decided to attempt the full Rx workout because I knew I could make it up on the runs and air squats.

Was it worth it?

From a “support the troops” perspective, absolutely.

From a strictly athletic (and admittedly selfish) perspective, it was probably a rash and stupid decision to attempt it coming off of a couple of weeks of sporadic training.  It is now Thursday night and I am still so sore all over that it’s tough to get any kind of quality workout.  When you’re in your 40’s you have to watch it.  I could have gotten in 6 short workouts in the time it’s taking to recover from one long one.

It was a good accomplishment, but on balance my fitness will go down this week, not up.

Lesson learned.  Live to fight another day.

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