Every May we look forward to a few things. Growing up, I looked forward to Memorial Day weekend because it was the unofficial beginning of summer.
Through the years I may have lost what the true meaning of Memorial Day was. It wasn’t until a few years ago did I truly recapture the meaning of the day. My friend Bob, who’s a Marine, asked if I wanted to participate in something called the “Murph WOD.” I didn’t really know what the workout entailed, but I told him I’d be happy to join him. He then told me I’d be running a mile, followed by 100 pull ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats and then run another mile.
I put on one of my very first pairs of Inspyr Socks that said “Never Give Up” and was on my way. I’ll spare the details of the challenge but there were plenty of times that I wanted to quit. I looked down at my socks and had the motivation to keep going even when my body wanted to quit on me.
When it was all said and done I told Bob that it was one of the toughest things that I’ve done in a while, and that it was going to hurt to walk tomorrow. What he proceeded to tell me really changed my views on Memorial Day.
Michael P Murphy was a Navy Lieutenant who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005. Bob said we did this on Memorial Day to honor his memory and all other fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. He told me it wasn’t about being able to run the fastest, or do the push ups the quickest. Nor that we worked hard to do something difficult and out of our comfort zone. It was that we took time out of our holiday weekend to honor those brave service men. This year I’ll be participating again in my Stay Fit socks, and next year I’ll do it again, and again and again.