It was another Memorial Day, and in the spirit of what the day represents, and to join thousands, if not millions, of other Crossfitters across the nation, and even around the globe, I participated in the Memorial Day Hero WOD “Murph”. “Murph” isn’t your typical workout. Most Crossfit WODs focus on a strength portion and then a met-con (metabolic conditioning). But “Murph” is a hard-ass chipper- meaning it’s a long and grueling workout. It’s a mile run, followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 air squats, and finished with another mile run.
Why do we honor Memorial Day by doing such a difficult challenge? Because every day, hundreds of men and women fight for our freedom. They risk their lives so that we can remain the land of the free, or so that other countries can have a taste for freedom. Lt. Michael Murphy was such a man. He served to protect those he had never met, and he paid the ultimate price. While “Murph” honors Lt. Murphy specifically, it is the workout of the day across the nation on Memorial Day to honor ALL the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect everything we hold dear. It’s an incredibly difficult and challenging workout for a good reason- to remind you when you want to give up or slow down that those who fight for our rights do not ever give up. To complete this workout is to honor Murphy and everyone else who has ever given their life in service for their country.
I am not in my best fitness shape currently. Last time I participated in “Murph” was 2014, and I finished in 58:17. I was able to do all the squats prescribed, and I finished my first mile in under 10:00. This year, I was not so fast. I substituted sit-ups for squats because doing just 1-2 bothers my knees now, and while this workout is about fighting through the fatigue and mental anguish, it is not about killing yourself. However, I finished. I was dead last, but I finished. I’m even more proud of my husband, who went through the workout completely Rx (prescribed- unpartitioned sets and wearing a 20 lb vest). Our times might have been considered by some to be dismal, but that’s not the point. The point is we did it. We did not give up.
There’s another reason I find “Murph” to be an interesting and note-worthy workout. As I develop and find a path for EarthFit, I often look at workouts and try to figure out how to make the exercises “EarthFit”, in other words, create natural movements, use recycled or natural equipment, or simply move the workout outdoors. Some workouts are super challenging. I finished watching the Crossfit Regionals and the workouts they performed are incredibly difficult to meld into EarthFit. Using machines and barbells is difficult to translate. But “Murph”? With the only challenge being finding an accessible place to perform pull-ups outdoors (and as a common or easy solution, I suggest using a playground at a park- monkey bars are a perfect substitute for pull-up bars), “Murph” is completely transferable to outdoors. Since it consists entirely of body-weight movements, there is no necessity for subbing natural equipment or creating your own weights from cat litter containers or milk jugs. In fact, Chris and I practiced for “Murph” earlier by doing a half-Murph on the Thursday before, doing the entire workout at the South Whidbey Sports Complex, an outdoor soccer park with a kids’ playground in the epicenter.
I did not celebrate Memorial Day with a grill-out or summer party. It’s Monday, so that means I practice not eating meat for Meatless Monday. I rewarded Chris by making a vegetarian pizza for him with goat cheese, fig, and walnuts. And the highlight of my afternoon was picking up our very first farm share from Ebb Tide Produce, which had a vast amount of green veggies for us to enjoy this week. I’m already planning the salads, stews, and wonderfully green meals we’ll be enjoying.
Memorial Day is a day to honor those who gave their life so we can continue to enjoy the pleasures of pursuing our happiness. It is my right to use that freedom to write, learn, teach, and share about this wonderful Earth, and how we can grow connected to it in healthy ways, for ourselves and for the planet. Thank you, for continuing to fight so that I may have the right to continue mine!
I’m reading a great and helpful book to get me revved up to write my cookbook. It’s called “The Joy of Writing a Great Cookbook” by Kimberly Yorio, who has been Jamie Oliver’s, Julia Child’s, and Emeril Lagasse’s publicist. She has seen thousands of cookbook proposals, and her book has helped me hone my craft a little, while taking some of the incredibly valuable lessons I learned in my Social Media workshop with Tom Trimbath. In a nutshell, I want to ask a poignant question to cooks, readers, food enthusiasts, and people who like to eat- “What if we poached eggs instead of rhinos?” Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 94: What If We Poached Eggs Instead of Rhinos?
Sometimes I come across “deals of a lifetime” and I get completely suckered in. I’d like to brush off my naive notions to “trying new things”, but the fact of the matter is when it comes to food and health products, I am one of the most gullible customers on earth. So, when I saw a deal of getting “farm fresh complete meals” (with protein, vegetables, and even spices included) advertised “for Freeland” I assumed it was a local company and I’d be getting a couple of awesome meals delivered to my door. I entered the coupon and got the large package (to feed a family of 4) because, well, some of you have met my husband. He’s not fat, not by any stretch of the imagination, but that boy can EAT. So I wanted to be sure I got a big enough meal to satisfy his appetite. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 91: Fresh Across the Country
Sine Cosine! Cosine Sine! 3.14159! March 14th isn’t a national holiday, but how fun would it be if it were?! I love nerdy celebratory days, like Star Wars Day (May the 4th) and Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th). I am particularly fond of Pi Day, as it is a great opportunity to inspire interest in math and can even inspire creativity in the culinary arts. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 43: Happy Pi Day
I recently finished a book called “Veganist” by Kathy Freston, and I felt the urge to share some of my insights while listening to the book. The subtitle of “Veganist” is”Lose Weight, Get Healthy, and Change the World”. Wow, it sounds like this book is right up my alley! I was very open minded about the idea of going vegan, and even agree with the author’s philosophy of “leaning” into the new lifestyle. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 34: All or Nothing
I am very late on the writing of the post, but I think it’s better late than never. And we’re still in the midst of what I think is the most wonderful time of the year. However, I have to admit, that commercialization of this season is really starting to get to me, and I almost faltered, not doing ANY pumpkin flavored recipes until this past week. Continue reading It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year