This year I did ‘Murph’ in full gear and straight through. Why? Because I needed to prove to myself that I could. To say that last three years have been difficult would be an understatement. I have been tested mentally, emotionally, and physically. And until this year I have never really thought I could recover from any of it.
Enter Shane and Laura Sweatt, owners of CrossFit Conjugate and trainers of the CrossFit Powerlifting Cert. I hosted their coaches course at Coca CrossFit two years ago and fell in love with what they were saying. Little did I know that a year after the certification I would commit to follow Shane’s programming to help rehab my knee.
One year later brought ‘Murph’…… and my knee had been feeling great. I had been working on running more with no inflammation the next day. So, I posted that I would be doing ‘Murph’ with gear and straight through to the world so that I would be held accountable to do what I said I would.
The morning of I gave a speech about what ‘Murph’ really meant, about Doug who we were honoring that day and it was all so emotional I lost it in front of 60+ people getting ready for ‘go’.
I always cry talking in front of large groups when I talk about deeper meaning and purpose. Nothing I’m ashamed of and it didn’t surprise me at all that it happened. In fact I would have been surprised if I hadn’t.
3….2…..1……GO! Off i went on my first mile run. Checked it off my list…..
100 pullups…. check!
200 pushups……(2 at a time so each one was perfectly military)…… check!
300 air squats…….check!
and I was off for the second mile run. My legs felt like there were 1,000lbs each but I knew I started it and I had to finish it. The MOST AMAZING thing happened on my last 800m. I turned around to see 30+ Coca members running with me. I didn’t ask them to come. They just wanted to help me finish (because yes I was the last one working)
Suddenly it didn’t hurt as bad. Suddenly my pain went away. Suddenly I knew I HAD to finish and do it without complaining or stopping. I ran a little faster each step until I crossed the line, and it brought me to my knees.
3 years after breaking my back….. 2 years after rupturing my achilles….. 1 year after a double micro-fracture in my knee…… I had finished “murph’ in 30lbs of gear, no knee sleeves and NO PAIN!!!! It was a moment I had only dreamt about. A moment that I needed. I needed it so I could believe in myself again. Believe I could train to compete. With the right coach leading me and the right people around me I might just be able to compete again.