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Why We Host the Murph

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Why We Host the Murph

There will never be a workout that I take more seriously than this.  The Murph is much more than burning calories. In this workout, on this day, I know that everything is going to hurt but I don’t care because it doesn’t matter, we keep moving!  This is how we honor a man who willingly put himself through more pain and suffering than most of us can imagine so that others don’t have to. This workout is how we honor not just Lt. Murphy but all the men and women fighting for our freedom.  

In case you aren’t familiar with his story: Murphy was a Navy SEAL assigned to Operation Red Wings. He led a small team tasked with disrupting local anti-coalition militia (ACM) activity, thus contributing to regional stability and thereby facilitating the Afghan Parliament elections scheduled for September 2005. Long story short, shit got real hairy. After a young goat herder stumbled upon their over-watch, the team decided to release him and the boy alerted Taliban forces in the valley below. A long firefight ensued. Later amid the vicious fight, Murphy moved away from the protective mountain rocks, knowingly exposing himself to increased enemy gunfire in an effort to gain higher ground and radio signal.  

This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF QRF and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. He was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. As he slowly died, Murphy regained control of the radio, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. 

Today we can all take a short break from our first world problems to pay our respects to those who fight so we don’t have to.  Today we honor those suffering on our behalf. Today we too embrace the suck. Today we suffer in silence.

The Workout:

1 Mile

100 Pull Ups

200 Push Ups

300 Squats

1 Mile

All hail the TreadMighty,

Coach John