I could hurt myself permanently.
But I like to challenge myself. I like to push myself out of my comfort zone.
So, I did it and learned some things about myself.
What is MURPH anyway?
1 mile Run
1 mile Run
W/20 lb vest or body armor
In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.
This workout was one of Mike's favorites and he'd named it "Body Armor". From here on it will be referred to as "Murph" in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.
Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you've got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.
For many people, this is a lot. Because well, it is a lot. I’ll admit it isn’t my favorite workout. It just super hard.
- I hate running (yes I know I run a lot)
- I cannot do pull-ups unassisted to save my life (okay maybe I could do 10-15 if I had too).
- Push-ups I am just ok’ish with but I can do 200. I wont like it, but I can do it.
- Squats? Seriously does anybody actually like doing squats, because I don’t.
- Then you get to run yet ANOTHER mile 💩.
- Bonus you have to wear a 20 lb weighted vest or body armor. Okay I was cop many years, wore body armor a lot of the time. But a weighted vest is a dramatically different. It just totally sucks because it makes everything harder.
Why would anybody want to do that, everyday for 30 days?
So you did it Dave? Why just why?
Was I sore? Yep every single day after the first day. Some days less than others. But believe me when I say that nobody does 200 push-ups and 300 squats that isn’t sore. It’s just an impossibility.
I lost 18 lbs during the 30 days. I didn’t pay attention too much to my diet. I tried a little bit. I made sure I didn’t stuff myself with 6 pieces of pizza or a whole ribeye for sure. But I also didn’t exactly watch what I was eating. My wife bought a 4 pack of Twizzler Orange Cream flavor.....yep ate all 4 packs and I don’t care who knows. They are delicious 🍬.
A time or two, I drank beers, maybe had a shot of whiskey in there too. I didn’t feel good but I ran the next morning (I would advise against that btw).
I truthfully hated that vest. Still do. But I’ll continue to wear a vest. The benefits are just to great to ignore. Many times I wore a sauna suit under my vest (which is probably the most uncomfortable clothing piece in my vast collection of concert shirts and other lame t-shirts (my wife isn’t a fan of my t-shirts, lol).
We do things like this to see what the takeaways are. If we have learned anything.
Here’s a top ten list of things that I learned in those 30 Days.
- Shorts with built-in underwear or tights in them are really nice to run in if your a dude.
- Shorts with built-in underwear or tights in them can also be not quite as comfy doing squats in, if you are a dude. 👎
- Sweat, wow I sweat a lot. I was drenched everyday. Taking off that stupid sauna suit is akin I imagine, to a lady taking off their bra at the end of the day. Oh what a relief it is.
- Times are times, I was all over the map and did not really care. It's a journey not a race. I had a 49 minute day one day, and a 55 minute the very next day. MURPH is hard, period.
- Partitioning is not the biz for me. I get it. 20 rounds of 5-10-15, it looks easier. It’s not in my opinion and you lose a ton of time in transition. (Thank you Damon for your sage advice).
- Rest is important, so I fit brief rest in on Push-ups and Squats. Keep moving, just keep moving (Thank you Christi for that advice).
- When running, look where you are going. Envision your path 5 steps ahead. You wont wipe out (I did and it left a mark or two).
- Drink fluids, before - during - after. 🚫 Don’t drink beers the night before 🍺. Those don’t count as fluids and they will just kill your times.
- Fight the urge to quit. Fight it, just keep moving forward. Win the battle in your head. Envision a strong finish. Run as fast as you can the last 200 yds of the second mile. You are a damn warrior, act like it.
- Get up and go do it. Fight the urge to stay in bed. Yes you are sore, you don’t feel like, you have things to do. Remember the most important thing you can do for your family is be present and be healthy. So get up and get moving.
- Listen to advice from your coaches, teachers, experienced people and subject matter experts. You are probably not the expert AND sometimes hearing another perspective and comprehending the wisdom can truly help your performance at game time, in the gym and in life.
- Keep an open mind about new ideas and new ways of doing things. Your way may not be the best or most efficient way (my bride taught me this).
- Criticism can help you. Yes sometimes it will bruise the ego, but truly constructive criticism and negative feedback can actually help your outlook and performance.
- Never stop learning. Seek knowledge and wisdom. It will feed your soul and give you increased confidence.
- Sleep well, eat well and move with a purpose, every single day.
During this challenge. while wearing a 20 lb weighted vest, I:
Ran 60+ miles (some days I ran more miles to stretch the ole sore legs)
3000 Pull-ups or an equivalent movement
9000 Squats (every damn one of them 👎)
Total time in motion 1,590.14 minutes or 26.5 hours
Total calories 29,040