"My Murph Experience" - Sean O'Brien

Crossfit is intimidating for some people, and Hero WODs are even more so… but then you realize its not a race, its not a competition, its as Danny likes to say “just exercise.” — but to add to that, its intentional exercise in honor of another human being.

 1. Is this your first Murph?
No

2. If yes, what inspired you to participate this year? If no, how many times have you done Murph? This will be my 7th time, and sadly the last one at Kingfield for a few years.

3. If you've done Murph, what do you remember most?
Suffering, but that's the intent. Hero WOD’s are meant for you to be mindful of every moment of your experience. Any Hero WOD done right, starts with the story behind the person. Mike was 29 when he was killed in Afghanistan, I was 29 the first time I participated in Murph. Just that little connection and awareness of where I was at in my life, and the fact that I was lucky enough to be alive and breathing to honor this person, started to help me reshape my perspective on the People in the Military. Say what you will about the politics surrounding it, but when you tear it all down, there is a human being standing in a ready position somewhere you’d never want to be. That takes courage. We get to honor that courage, in a non-life threatening environment, on a sunny afternoon surrounded by good friends.

4. What are you most looking forward to this year for Murph?
All those Kingfield Strong vibes. Doing the work surrounded by good people.

5. For people who are on the fence about participating, what would you say to them?
If you’re on the fence, that means you’re considering it, so I would say just show up. You’ll find out what Kingfield is really made of, when LOVE, LOYALTY, and COURAGE are fully present. By the second heat you’ll write your own name down on the whiteboard. Crossfit is intimidating for some people, and Hero WODs are even more so… but then you realize its not a race, its not a competition, its as Danny likes to say “just exercise.” — but to add to that, its intentional exercise in honor of another human being. Time for you to lock in, on your own pace, and do the work literally surrounded by the best support system you could ask for. A good time to get in touch with yourself at a time of suffering - and be there for someone else while they suffer.

One of my favorite Murph Memories is watching Coach Amanda grind through the heat in a 20lbs vest. When she left for her last mile a few folks went out with her after they finished to keep her company. Walter was one of those people next to her stride for stride. Thats Love.