Saturday, May 25th, 2013

 Memorial Day "Murph"

Run 1 mile, 100 Pull Ups, 200 Push Ups, 300 Air Squats, Run 1 mile.  Heats begin at 9:00 a.m.

  Every Hero WOD tells the story about someone who willingly put themselves in harms way. Today's WOD is in honor of Lt. Michael "Murph" Murphy.  Here is his story:  

"For a U.S. Navy SEAL, dangerous situations in isolated, treacherous locations are just an average day on the job. This was the case for Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who entered the lonely mountain range of the Hindu Kush between Afghanistan and Pakistan on June 28, 2005. Leading a four-man SEAL element – which included Petty Officers Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson, and Marcus Luttrell – Murphy and his team were tasked with tracking down Ahmad Shah, a known terrorist.

As the team crept through the rugged terrain, three goat herders came upon the SEALs. Just hours after releasing the local nationals, a large enemy force came pouring over the mountains.  

A fierce gun battle ensued between the severely outnumbered SEALs and the larger Taliban force. Murphy realized that his team would not last long without reinforcements, so despite his injuries, he moved away from the rocks that were sheltering him to make radio contact with Bagram Air Base. Without the protection of the terrain, Murphy was a prime target for incoming Taliban gunfire.

As bullets riddled his body, Murphy held on long enough to make contact with the Special Operations Forces Quick Reaction Force at headquarters.

Murphy made his way back to his unit, severely wounded, and continued to fight alongside his comrades. The fighting continued for two hours leaving three out of the four SEALs mortally wounded. The Chinook helicopter that responded to Murphy’s call was shot down by the enemy, killing all 16 men aboard.

Luttrell, severely wounded, traveled seven miles to a nearby Afghan village where he was taken in and sheltered from the Taliban. One villager reported Luttrell’s location to a Marine outpost and U.S. forces launched a rescue mission on July 2 that brought him home. The lone survivor of Operation Red Wing was later awarded the Navy Cross. His comrades, Dietz and Axelson, were posthumously awarded Navy Crosses for their heroic actions.

Murphy’s selfless act was honored by President Bush on October 22, 2007, when Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, making him the first Navy Medal of Honor recipient for actions in the Global War on Terror, and the first to be awarded for actions in Operation Enduring Freedom. On May 7, 2008, Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter announced that the newest guided-missile destroyer will be named in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy"  (Source:

In many cases the hero WOD is made up by CrossFit HQ but "Murph" was actually a workout that Lt Murphy did as one of his favorite workouts.  When it became too easy for him he began wearing his kevlar body armor and nicknamed this workout "body armor".  Thus, athletes should wear a weight vest if they have one.  You are allowed to partition the reps however you'd like but the WOD begins and ends with a mile run.

Every book I've ever read about Navy SEALs and the selection process they endure suggests that the single most important factor determining their success is their mental determination.  They have made the decision that no matter what happens they are going to see it through and never give up.  Never give up.  What I love most about CrossFit is that every WOD is a new opportunity to test and develop mental fortitude.  When you are in the middle of this WOD, tired, sore, hands have torn, and you want to quit, make the decision to keep going and to keep going as fast as you can.  Good Luck and Have Fun.

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