2019 Murph

Signed up for the 9am heat with a bench of friends. Nice cool morning for it.


  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run

**Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and air squats as needed.

I haven’t done a real Murph since 2016. In 2017 I was traveling back from attending Regionals and didn’t do it at all. Last year my shoulder was messed up so I did ring rows. Here’s my Murph history:

  • 2012 – 44:26
  • 2013 – 39:41
  • 2014 – 40:17
  • 2015 – 37:18
  • 2016 – 37:11
  • 2018 – 43:10 (ring rows)

I’ve run less than 13 miles in 2019, with only two runs longer than 400m, and a good chunk being warm-ups for class. I just finished 12 weeks of Year of the Engine though, so my conditioning has been feeling great. My pull-ups and push-ups have also been really good this year, so I was looking forward to testing out this workout.

I ran the first mile in between 8-8:30 and got right on the pull-up bar when I found a spot (gym was packed!) I broke it up by doing 20 rounds of “Cindy” (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats), but didn’t wear any grips. I like to wear my Garmin watch for this to help pace the runs, so I took advantage of the lap feature to keep track of rounds. It worked great and kept me moving.

  • 1 Mile – 8:26.4 (after getting in the gym and finding a spot)
  • Round 1 – 43.4
  • Round 2 – 43.9
  • Round 3 – 46.4
  • Round 4 – 48.1
  • Round 5 – 50.2
  • Round 6 – 51.5
  • Round 7 – 53.1
  • Round 8 – 52.1
  • Round 9 – 51.6
  • Round 10 – 55.8
  • Round 11 – 54.6
  • Round 12 – 53.9
  • Round 13 – 55.8
  • Round 14 – 56.5
  • Round 15 – 58.5
  • Round 16 – 1:00.7
  • Round 17 – 55.8
  • Round 18 – 1:03.0
  • Round 19 – 59.7
  • Round 20 – 1:22.9 (After telling someone about the blood on my bar and leaving the gym)
  • 400m – 2:00.6
  • 400m – 2:31.3
  • 400m – 2:17.7
  • 400m – 1:54.6 (8:44.2 mile)

I think my watch said about 8:06 when I finished the first mile, but I didn’t hit the lap button until I found a spot to do my pull-ups. I was able to do all of the pull-ups and push-ups unbroken. I tried not to stop during the squats or pause at the top of reps; just keep moving. With about 5 rounds left I ripped my right hand a little bit and was really starting to slip on the bar. So it was a constant adjustment to finish. It took me just over 18 minutes to finish the 20 rounds, which only 2 of them being over a minute. Felt decent when I headed out for the run, but I guess I slowed over the middle 800 meters. Good enough for a time of 35:28 to PR by 1:43! Really happy with that.


Ring Rowing Murph

It was scheduled for 11am, which always turns out well when the high temp for the day is in the mid 90s!


  • 1 Mile Run
  • 20 Rounds
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 8 Air Squats
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 7 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run

My shoulder still doesn’t feel great on the bar, so I wasn’t attempting 100 pull-ups. I also figured I’d try something new to get through the air squats quicker, which is always what takes me so long.

Surprisingly I got in from the first mile in about 8:35. I was on a pretty steady pace of just under a minute for at least 5 or 6 rounds. Then I started resting more in the transitions and seconds ticked away. Ring rows were fine and I was able to get in some kip. After standing up I rested too much before getting going on the air squats though and with double the sets that added up. When I got going with the squats and committed I was able to bust through the sets of 8 and 7 at a much better pace. I downed some water and grabbed my shades before heading out for the second mile. I remember reading about 34:10 on the clock, which had to be after my short break. Felt like I was going so fucking slow on the second mile, but picked it up for the last 400 meters and finished in 43:10. Still not sure how I did that run in 9 minutes.

Definitely wasn’t setting any records today. The ring rows are slower reps plus the extra time of getting down and up from the ground. Pretty far off my best time of 37:11 in 2015, which I may never touch again.

50% of Murph

Went to the 4:30 class.


  • 200m Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 15s Bottom Squat Hold
    • 15s Bar Hang
    • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 2x
    • 5 Wall Ball Burpee Passes (14#)


1/2 “Murph”

  • 800m Run
  • 50 Pull-ups
  • 100 Push-ups
  • 150 Air Squats
  • 800m Run

I’ve never tried this before. I decided to break it up into 5 rounds of 10-20-30 instead of the traditional 5-10-15. Nice little challenge. I didn’t push hard on the run and came in at exactly 4 minutes on the clock. I did each set of pull-ups unbroken without a problem and tried to keep rest short between 2 sets of 10 push-ups. Tried to keep moving on the air squats, but definitely slower than doing sets of 15s. I thought I pushed a little bit in the last 200 meters of the run, but who knows; I may have just been fatigued and it felt like I was pushing.

Finished in 17:25. I was surprised to see that rank as a 94 on BTWB! Last year I did the full one in 37:11, which was a ranking of 91. I don’t remember it ranking that high either.

Gymnastics Test

Since the pull-ups felt so good, I decided to go for a big set after resting and came off the bar after 30. Didn’t even realize it, but that’s the same as my PR! I need to test that out fresh one day.

Skill Conditioning

  • 400 Double Unders

Fuck that’s a lot of dubs! Took me 7:15. Was trying to get 20-30 reps at a time.

Better By 7

Didn’t get any exercise on Saturday or Sunday since sleep was pretty poor. Central Regionals once again did not disappoint. Great weekend.


  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run

Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats any way you like. Twenty rounds of 5-10-15 (like “Cindy”) is the way to go.


It was just under 8 minutes on the clock when I started on my first pull-ups. Was cruising along pretty good, though slower than I’d like on the air squats; I should have pushed those harder. Push-ups really surprised me though, I did every round unbroken. I guess doing all of my push-ups chest-to-deck in other training pays off when I only have to get my tricep parallel to the ground.

2016-murph-runningWith 5 rounds to go I formed a nice blood blister under my left ring finger. I had tape on the lowest knuckle to protect a rip that I got last week doing snatches and I could feel the tape bunching up at the bottom and even pulling on my skin. Probably was adjusting my grip and pulling due to that and then caused the rep. So for the final 5 rounds I only gripped the bar with my fingers so I wouldn’t bust open the blister. Popped it when I got home.

When I took off out the door my watch said 29:00 so just about 21 minutes for the 600 reps. Damn air squats! Tried to settle down my breathing but kept a pretty decent pace through the first 800 meters. Fell off in that next quarter-mile and saw I really needed to push it on the last 400 meters to beat my 37:18 from last year. Made it by 7 seconds but that kick really hurt. So a new PR with 37:11. I had been working so hard all year to lean out and what do I do but gain about 3 pounds over the weekend. LOL

I actually was feeling fine all day after Murph, but played a ton of Slammo, so I’m sure I’ll feel all kinds of sore from that. I love that game though. So much fun! Got some hella sun today too.

Knocked out a much-needed 45 minute ROMWOD after not doing any for 3 days.

2015 Murph

After dropping to an orange HRV of 89 yesterday I’m back in the green at 98 this morning. The low intensity workout did it’s job. Out in the garage at 7:30 and warmed up with 5:00 Air Dyne (2.25 km).

Coffee Squats

Back Squats

  • 15×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 5×185#
  • 4x5x225#

Can’t break the streak, even with 300 squats today for the hero WOD. Kept it light to save my legs. Wore Nanos today too, which felt odd. Tried to be explosive on the reps since it wasn’t heavy. After 7 days of some type of squat PRs probably good to have a “rest” day. A lot of PRs are planned for this final week.

I don’t really like to warm-up much for something like this since the first mile loosens me up and no need to waste energy when I’ll need it all. Did a bit of bottom squat holding, but that’s about it.



* Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats any way you like.

  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run

Last year I went with 25 rounds of 4-8-12 to save on the push-ups. It did it’s job in that way, but I think all of the extra transitions cost me from setting a PR. I was about 36 seconds slower than the previous year. This year back to doing it like “Cindy” with 20 rounds of 5-10-15 since it worked well for me in the recent PR doing her.

Time to beat was 39:41 from 2013. Ran the first mile in about 8 minutes which is exactly what I wanted. Started out with less than a minute per round and slowed in the second half, but averaged right at that minute/round pace I figured would be good. Pretty slow on the first half of the second mile and picked up the pace on the way in. Wanted to break 38 and did it with ease. Big PR with 37:18 for a PR of 2:23.


Came across a picture of me running last year in Timehop. I’ve put on a lot of muscle since then.


2014 Memorial Day “Murph”

My third year doing this with Survival Fitness. I was in the 9am heat.



  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run

* Break up the 100-200-300 however you want.

Definitely no weight vest for me. I don’t need to make a 40 minute workout any harder than it is. 😉 I wanted to go out conservative on the first mile this year and I sure did that. It was about an 8:20, but allowed me to get right into the middle part of the workout. Instead of going with 20 rounds of 5-10-15, I decided to go 4-8-12 this year for 25 rounds. I always die on the push-ups and that seems to allow me to continue through them. Headed out the door for the 2nd mile at 31:17, so I need to run the same pace as my first mile to beat my time from last year of 39:41. Ended up running a 9 minute mile to finish at 40:17, but I’ll take it since I haven’t been doing a lot of conditioning and recently started working my upper body again.


Over 4 heats we had close to 70 people complete “Murph” today. Time for some grilling and beering!

Memorial Day “Murph” 2013

Best day of the year to be at a CrossFit box. At Survival Fitness we beer and grill all day after doing the WOD. Great times with great friends.


  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run

* Break up the 100-200-300 however you like. Most everyone does 20 “Cindy” rounds, which are 5-10-15.

Not everyone is pictured since this was taken a couple of hours after the WOD.
Not everyone is pictured since this was taken a couple of hours after the WOD.

Last year I finished in 44:26, so I was looking to demolish that time this year. My goal was to get the runs done in a combined 16 minutes and do each “Cindy” round in under a minute, to get me a time of about 35:00.

Went out faster than planned in the first mile, running with Michelle and Kevin, taking just over 7 minutes. I did my first 10 rounds of Cindy in sub-1:00 pace, but the push-ups and squats started to slow me down in the 2nd half. Headed out the door for the run at around 31:00. About a 1/4 mile in, my back started to cramp up, which has never happened before. At that point it turned into a battle to hit sub 40. Thankfully my back eased up in the 2nd half of the mile. Then Michelle came out and sprinted the end of the run in with me for a nice push.

Finished in 39:41, a PR by over four and a half minutes! I’ll take it. My goal was pretty ambitious. Now it’s time for beer and brats!