The Worst Thing You’ve Ever Done by Coach Chad
Sometimes what feels like the worst thing you’ve ever done can actually turn out to be quite the opposite. Allow me to explain.
Yesterday we did the workout “Murph”. Suffice it to say, it’s a hellacious hero WOD that we do every Memorial Day to honor the fallen who protect our freedom. We usually prescribe it as a partner WOD since it’s so intense.
A couple years ago when planning for the workout, I asked Kelly if she thought I should do the partner version or the full version. He reply was, “it doesn’t matter as long as you’re doing it with a weight vest like me.” She was pregnant with Evelyn at the time. Talk about a call to arms!
I proceeded to start the full workout with a 20 pound ruck sack on and knew from the getgo that things were going to get rough. The run went fine but once I transitioned to the pull-ups, push ups and squats, things got REAL SERIOUS. I was sweating like crazy and having to take long breaks between exercises. Seems pretty dire right.
A lot of things go through your mind when the clock strikes 25 minutes and you’re not even halfway through a workout. Number one is probably “I should quit.” Anytime this would cross my mind, I would remember my fallen friend who gave his life for me to enjoy my freedom. His name is Brandon Eggleston. Lucky for me, I also had my fellow athletes beside me to cheer me on. People like my wife who was doing pullups beside me while she’s 34 weeks pregnant. And people like Peter, Michelle, Matt, Bobby, Marc, Ashley, Andrea, Josh, Claudia, and countless others who ran with me on the final mile (sorry if I forgot your name. I was too busy trying not to fall out!).
Was it hard? HECK YES. Was it worth it? Absolutely. It’s not often that I’m last in a workout. But when it does happen, man it feels good to be surrounded by the community and encouraged like that.
So my Memorial Day was a powerful one. How about yours?