At least I’m alive

There’s a quote out there that goes something like; ‘Feeling pain reminds me I’m alive’ I know that’s not that exact quote, but you get the idea.  Today the owner of Comet CrossFit, Randy White, and I tackled the hero workout ‘White’ this morning.

For you non-CrossFitter, a hero workout is designed to honor someone that was killed in the line of duty.  This is the FIRST women’s hero wod, and it hit me in a special way.

Two weeks ago a member at my gym was talking about how a woman they knew, and served with was killed in Afghanistan.  I was floored when I saw a workout on just for her.  I knew I HAD to do it!

Here’s what was posted on

U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ashley White, 24, of Alliance, Ohio, assigned to the 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, based in Goldsboro, North Carolina, died on October 22, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit with an improvised explosive device. She is survived by her husband Captain Jason Stumpf, her parents Robert and Deborah, brother Josh, and sister Brittney.

The workout:
3 rope climbs – 15ft
10 toes to bar
21 walking lunges with a 45lb plate over head
400m run
5 rounds

It took me 26:10 to complete it, and it wasn’t until round 3 that I started questioning why I was doing this workout.  What I kept telling myself was ‘at least I’m alive to feel the pain’.  This hero wod hit me closer than any other one before, and I had a real drive to give her the kind of performance she deserved.

THANK YOU….. for making the greatest sacrifice so I can see another day of freedom!

One thought on “At least I’m alive

  1. Perfect timing 🙂 I was just on my walk back from lunch, basically whining to myself about how sore I am from training over the past few days, and opened up my RSS feeder to your post on top. What a great reminder!! I will transfer my complaints into gratitude for the fact that I am alive and can experience the pain of increasing in fitness 🙂 Thanks so much!!!

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