Be the Man in the Arena

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  • When: 5/28/19
  • QIC: McDreamy
  • The PAX: Flo, Check Please, Blow Out, Snaggle, Show and Tell, House Keeping, Saigon Sam, Rudy, Duck, Tone Deaf, Dollar Bill, Dime, Doink, Aquaman, Peg, Bada Bing, Schwedy Balls, AirBags, Bob the Builder, Papa Smurf

Michael Patrick “Murph” Murphy was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the Medal of Honor, The Silver Star Medal and the Purple Heart for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. He and 4 Navy Seals died in Operation Red Wings, a counter-insurgent mission in Kunar province, Afghanistan, in 2005, In addition, 16 U.S. special operations soldiers were killed when their helicopter was shot down while attempting to extract the SEAL Team. Altogether, 19 men perished in service to our country. The Lone Survivor of the attack as Marcus Luttrell, prompting the production of a movie in his honor. Today, 21 Badlanders united in honor of the 19…

Warm Up-

  • ½ mile run
  • One arm SSH
  • Don Q’s
  • Reachers
  • Tempo Merkins


The Murph

Traditionally done wearing a 40 lb pack, consists of a 1 mile run, 100 pul-lups, 200 pushups, and 300 squats. We did a Team Murph, each pair running in honor of one of these 19 soldiers.

The Thang: ½ mile run, then 5 sets of 5 pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 squats. This was repeated 4x to achieve the promised goal. All finished well.


Man in the Arena (Teddy Roosevelt; courtesy of Zamboni)

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Peace and honor


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