2019 Murph

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

“Murph”

  • 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.

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Run & Bike

I was out the door by 9am and even though it’s not even 70° yet, it was a sweaty one!

Engine Builder – Endurance

42:00

  • 2.09 Mile Run
  • 22:00 Airdyne

I was hoping to do the run under 20 minutes and felt good, but I guess I fell off pace in the 2nd mile, so finished in 20:57. I did 7.88 miles (12,682m) and 585 calories on the Airdyne. That’s 502 more meters and 49 more calories on the AD than the 22 minute endurance workout I did way back in week two of the program!

Week 12 is done (Year of the Engine’s Foundation phase), just in time for Murph on Monday and then I think there is a deload week before starting the next phase of Engine Builder.

I may get out for a round of golf today.

Repping Deads & Bench

My shoulders feel pretty good considering the work they did yesterday at the gym. I was out in the garage around noon.

Engine Builder – Speed

  • 2:00 Warm-up
  • 10:00 Test
  • 3:00 Cooldown

Done on my Airdyne (AD2) with 0.73 mile in the warm-up and 0.88 in the cool down, with rests between each part. For the test I got 387 calories and 4.26 miles (6,856m), which is a PR by 3 calories. My start and finish are good but I need to hold 85 RPM more in the middle of the ten minutes instead of falling down to 83. Getting closer to 400!

I’ve been doing this test long before Engine Builder and it’s neat to see the progress.2019-05-22-300-fy.png

I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00

  • 5 Up Downs
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 15 Lateral Hops
  • 10 Leg swings
  • 2x 30m Run

Just the run shy of getting 4 rounds.

Conditioning

  • 4 Cycles
    • 3:00 AMRAP
      • 400m Run
      • Max Sumo KB Deadlift (88#)
    • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 Rest (total – skip the 1:00 rest after the 4th cycle)
  • 4 Cycles
    • 3:00 AMRAP
      • 500m Row
      • Max Bench Press (135#)
    • 1:00 Rest

The cycles were programmed in the opposite order, but we have to adjust due to the number of rowers in the gym. I knew I could do well with the rowing when I was tired so volunteered to do the rowing one first. I ran the out-and-back 400m route and couldn’t be more pleased with my times there. Rx was 225# deadlifts, but I’m not ready for that, especially after so much lifting yesterday. I could have done a few more deadlifts in several of the minutes, but 35 in every round was more than enough reps! I wanted to keep a pace under 1:50/500m on the rower and I was able to. Wasn’t really sure how the bench press would feel, but after the first round I set a goal to start with a set of 10 each time. I did 10-8, 10-10, 10-5-5, and 10-5-3. So a total of 140 sumo deadlifts and 76 bench presses.

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Midline

4 Sets

  • 1:00 Plank
  • 40 Russian Twists (35# KB)
  • 1:00 Rest

I did the planks on my hands because I was soaked in sweat already. The planks felt extremely easy. It took 9:33 to complete this.

So Much for Shoulders

IMG_2739Walked 18 holes in the cold yesterday and got more sleep last night after WHOOP told me I needed 9 hours. I haven’t been getting 8+ every night since my Utah trip, so I’d like to get back on track. Around noon I pulled the rower outside and did this on the back patio.

Engine Builder – Interval

3 Rounds

  • 2k Row
  • 3:00 Rest

Almost 2 months ago I tried to hold 1:50/500m for a 3k + 2k with 3:00 rest but couldn’t maintain for the final 1k. How far has my conditioning come? Could I make it through all 6,000 meters at that pace?

Yessir! My times were 7:19.9, 7:19.7, and 7:19.7. I really had to push over the last 1,200 meters.

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Went to the 4pm class and got there a little early for some rehab stuff.

Accessory

2 Sets

  • 10/10 Lateral Step-ups (30″)
  • 10 Back Extensions

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 15 PVC Passes
  • 10 Pause Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 10 Pause Split Jerk (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 5 Power Clean & Jerks (95#)

Weightlifting

E2M – 10 Rounds

  • 10 cal Assault Bike
  • 2 Power C&J

Fatigued lifting! For some reason I was thinking this was only 5 rounds, so I was almost to my goal weight in the 4th round. A bunch of other people made the same mistake and the morning class actually only did 5 rounds! So I didn’t go as hard on the bike from the 4th round on. I did 135, 165, 185, 205 (6 sets!), and 225. All push jerks until the last set when I did split jerks. I think I belted up starting with the 205. I went straight from the clean into the jerk, without the pause and reset, on everything until the 225.

Conditioning

2 Rounds – EMOM 4 Burpees

  • 50 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 25 Toes-To-Bar

When I saw this workout I thought I’d try the Rx+ 115#, but after the mistake on the lifting I changed back to the Rx weight and was glad I did. It was horrible going between burpees and jerks with no rest for the shoulders. I did something like 20-13-9-8 in the minutes and those were not all unbroken sets. I had enough time to get in 5 T2B, then did 5-5 in each of the next two minutes. I took advantage of a little rest before burpees and then did a set of 10 in each of the next three minutes, resting with whatever time I had left. I did 5-5 in each of the next two minutes. Shoulders were completely rocked. Then I did 2×5, and 3×5 on my T2B. I could have pushed more on the T2B in both rounds of the workout. I was done in 12:53.

Double Ladder

On Wednesday I woke up pretty sore in my lower body and felt it in my chest at night. Walked 15 holes of golf before getting rained out. Still a little sore yesterday and walked 18 holes. Seemed like I tossed and turned a lot last night, but felt good by the time I headed out to the garage before noon.

Engine Builder – Speed

6 Rounds

  • 3:00 Bike
  • 1:00 Rest

Hold 81-83 RPM most of the time. I got 105-108-105-106-109-109 calories and 1.22 – 1.23 – 1.21 – 1.21 – 1.24 – 1.23 miles (1,963 – 1,979 – 1,947 – 1,947 – 1,996 – 1,979 meters).

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • Burgner Warm-up (PVC & 45#)

Weightlifting

High Hang Power Snatch + Hang Power Snatch + Power Snatch

  • 45#
  • 75
  • 95
  • 105
  • 115
  • 125
  • 135
  • 140

It was more like a tall snatch than a high hang, which is weird for powers, but I didn’t want to squat with my back and so many snatches from the ground coming up in the workout.

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
    • Power Snatches (75#)
    • Burpees over the Bar
  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
    • Push Jerks (115#)
    • T2B

Again, I did all powers when I guess they were supposed to squat all the reps. I never dropped the bar during any sets. I finished the first couplet in 7:36 and added the weight to one side while Casey helped with the other side. I also pulled the tape off my thumbs. I got through the round of 10s, 9s, 8s, and then 7 jerks plus 3 toes to bars. I went 5-5, 5-4, and 4-4 on my toes to bars, mostly because my lungs needed a break. So 174 reps in total. Felt really humid in the gym today.

Tuesday Duathlon

My hips and legs are a little sore from the squats. Got a really good night of sleep though.

Engine Builder – Endurance

40:00

  • 2 Mile Run
  • 20:00 Airdyne

Instead of doing a straight 40 minutes on the Airdyne I thought I’d take advantage of the nice weather. Before lunch I ran a loop around the neighborhood and then jumped right on the bike. My heart rate was stable through the transition between running and biking. The run ended up being 2.08 miles according to RunKeeper and took 20:21. I went with an even 20 minutes on the Airdyne for 7.17 miles and 532 calories.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 10 Push Presses (PVC)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 30/30s Banded Overhead Stretch
    • 10 PVC Passes

Midline

5 Sets

  • 40 Russian Twists (35#)

Worked these in between the first five sets of push presses. Forty reps is a lot!

Strength

Push Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175
  • 5×195

Wasn’t sure if I should go again after the 175. I got out my belt, which helped a lot and the weight felt a lot better.

Conditioning

5 Cycles

  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 12 cal Assault Bike
    • 8 DB Snatches (50#)
    • MAX T2B
  • 1:00 Rest

Was nervous about the snatches because that’s where I got my last minor back tweak. I started out HOT on the bike with RPMs up over 90 and the other rounds were in the 70-75 range. I got 25-17-16-16-16 for 90 total T2B.

Running Still Sucks

I’m still a little sore today. Out in the garage before lunch.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

18 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row
  • 30s Rest

Goal was 1:46/500m, which I held. Got 283 or 284 meters every time. Probably could have gone a little harder.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (3km)
  • Front Rack Stretch
  • 10 Pause Squats (45#)
  • 5 C&J (45#)
  • 5 C&J (95#)

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 10 C&J (95#)

This was programmed as 10-8-6-4-2 with increasing weights (pick your own loads) and then max out with any remaining time. Or there was an option to stick to sets of 10, which was up my alley because of my back issues. I ran the true 400m route today since I was scaling the weight and need the running work. I did 2×5 on the C&J for five rounds and finished with 10 unbroken. Took me in 17:27. I still am no good at running, but maybe I was tired from the rowing. Sounds like a good excuse. 😉

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Barbell Sit-Ups (45#)
  • 15 Barbell Reverse Sit-Ups (45#)
  • 20 Russian Twists (53#)
  • 30s Rest

Accessory

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (30#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Hip Thrusts (30#)