Don’t quit on yourself. Keep going. Your body wants to give up, but your mind is stronger. Your mind and your heart keep you going as you push on through the hurt and the pain. It’s going to hurt, but only for a little while. After it’s done, your muscles will recover and you will be stronger than you were before. It will be more than worth everything that you put into it.
Anyone who has ever worked out hard, or has participated in any kind of athletic race – no matter their fitness level – has been told and told themselves any or all of these things. Myself included. I am constantly reminding myself of what I’m working for when the hurt starts to come during a workout. A race is never against the other competitors. You are racing more against yourself – trying to push through the pain, going for a new PR, wanting that finish and experience.
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12-14
I recently started doing CrossFit and it has been a welcome challenge. I’ve done intense workouts before, including both P90X and Insanity, but I feel the results more from CrossFit than I have with anything else I’ve tried previously. The moves and exercises are more functional for what I do on a daily basis, and I feel better for the rest of the day. The results are beginning to show and I welcome opportunities to put my training to the test. I got that opportunity this Memorial Day Weekend.
In CrossFit, workouts are called WOD (Workout of the Day), and for Memorial Day the WOD is in honor of U.S. Navy Seal Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. When you have a few extra minutes, please read a snippet of Michael’s Story and then maybe pick up the book “Lone Survivor”. LT Michael Murphy was post humorously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2007.
This is the CrossFit Murph Workout:
I did not wear the 20-pound weight vest this year, nor was I ready to do the pull-ups. Instead, I did ring rows. However, I was there to finish the workout and to finish alongside three of my fellow soldiers from my unit. My total time for this year’s Murph was 58:27. I wasn’t the fastest, but I finished. I did it. This is one more experience that I can remember when it gets hard and I feel like quitting. I am stronger than I think. There is no such thing as quit. That word does not exist in my vocabulary. Just keep going and it will be over soon.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” – Hebrews 12:1