Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
Especially to mine who is an inspiration, a role model, and hands-down, the coolest guy around!
The very best dad a girl could ask for! 🙂
Happy Memorial Day!
While most of us are off work and enjoying our 3 day weekend, we must not forget the importance of Memorial Day itself. It is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving our country.
Murph for Miller 2013
In honor of Memorial Day, my CrossFit gym hosted their 6th annual event, Murph for Miller, which I had the pleasure of participating. (<— although I may have opted for an alternative word for ‘pleasure’ while actually doing the workout. 😉 )
“Murph” is the name of a WOD (Workout of the Day), in memory of Navy Lieutenant, Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. The following was his favorite workout and thus, named Murph in honor of him.
The event, Murph for Miller, is held each year to not only remember Michael Murphy, but also to honor a local United States Army Special Forces solder, SSG Robert Miller, from Wheaton, Illinois who also died in action in 2008. (You can read a little more about him in the above picture.) Seeing how I spent my entire childhood and adolescent years growing up in Wheaton, I was particularly interested in getting involved in such a great cause.
Each of the 1-mile runs must be completed in its entirety at the beginning and end of the workout; however, the pull ups, push ups and squats can be partitioned whichever way the athlete(s) chooses.
Since this was my first time tackling Murph, Tracie, one of our coaches (above), was kind enough to partner up with me and split up the workout half and half.
I ran the first mile while Tracie took care of the second, and we divided the remaining workout into rounds of 3-6-9 (3 pull ups, 6 push ups, 9 squats) and took turns completing 3 rounds before switching off.
Again, I don’t know why I think the workouts always look semi-‘easy’ on paper, but this WOD was anything but! It was tough!! We finished Murph together in 34 minutes, 50 seconds, and I’m still feeling the after-effects all over my body. Ouch!
I stuck around the gym to watch the other heats take on Murph. It was such an exciting event with a DJ who played upbeat, motivating music to energize the participants, as well as the spectators who all cheered on the athletes!
The workout as prescribed (aka RX) is to complete Murph entirely by yourself… with a weighted vest. I would say the majority of participants steered away from the weighted vest. Some completed a full Murph, others did half by themselves. And then some partnered up for the entire Murph and worked as team, like Tracie and I.
The 11:00 am heat consisted of all military and/or uniformed participants.
Marines, Air Force, Police, and Fireman all came out for the event. It was so cool to watch this heat and honor those who serve our country.
Everyone did such a great job and Murph for Miller was a huge success!
Although Memorial Day is technically observed for those who died while serving our country, I still have to give a “shout-out” to my brother, Pete, who currently serves in the Coast Guard.
Thank you for your service! 🙂 And of course, thanks to everyone else who is also currently in the service! Your time and dedication is incredible and very much appreciated.
Enjoy your Memorial Day, whatever you decide to do, but don’t forget to remember those who fought, served, and died for our country!
(Most of the pictures on this post were taken by and borrowed from CrossFit Tri Cities.)
As we normally do on a daily basis, we played Mac’s favorite game last night.
Here’s how it goes: either Dave or I duck down behind the couch and suddenly pop out of one side. Mac gets scared and runs to the other side. Repeat 1,000 times…
…or until Mac passes out and/or our knees have rug burn. He seriously loves this and could do it for hours! Silly pup.
I may have used this lovely holiday as an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast. Not that I ever needed an excuse before…
I intended on buying strawberries the other day to cut in the shape of hearts because I’m cheesy like that… BUT the grocery store was SOLD OUT. Can you believe it? I guess they’re a hot commodity around V-day and not just the chocolate covered ones.
Oh well, raspberries are red and festive too. 🙂
Bottom layer of bananas and raspberries, topped with Greek yogurt, more raspberries on top. Plus Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips and melty drippy Barney Butter Almond Butter. This is some seriously good stuff right here.
M&M Red Velvet Cake Bars
It feels like forever since I baked anything so I took the opportunity to bake something festive.
With the help of some red velvet box cake mix, the pre-baking preparation only took me about 5 minutes. Not bad.
M&M Red Velvet Cake Bars
1 box red velvet cake mix (22 oz)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup M&Ms
Preheat oven to 350. Using a standing or hand mixer, combine first three ingredients until moistened. Stir in M&Ms by hand. (I also saved some to sprinkle on top.) Mixture will be very thick. In a greased 13×9 baking pan, spread evenly out to the edges as best you can. (I had to use my fingers.) Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 20 minutes before digging in.
These were a bit of an experiment and I’d say they turned out pretty well! They are a little bit fluffy and not overly sweet. Most of the sweetness comes from the M&Ms.
I usually have class on Thursday nights but my teacher surprised us last week by canceling class tonight! Although our midterm is due today and I’ve been working on it all week, it feels good that I’ll be able to relax tonight. More importantly, I’m excited to go out for dinner with my Valentine! 🙂
Around this time of year 7 years ago, Dave and I met so its double the reason to celebrate tonight.
And of course, I can’t forget to mention my other Valentine.
Notice our matching fabrics? I picked him up from his play date yesterday where he also got a bath and his nails trimmed and he had a bandanna adorned with pink hearts tied around his neck.
In my head, I did question if they remembered he was a boy. But who knows, maybe they were thrown off by the manicure or the spa day. 😉 It was cute nonetheless!
One Final Thought
Whether you are celebrating today with a significant other or not, remember Valentine’s Day is about love which can be shared with anyone. If you have a few minutes, read some or all of this post – it contains 60 short love stories and I guarantee at least one will be sure to make your heart melt.
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!