Testing a Strategy Through Half Murph

Yesterday I got rained out of golf, so was able to spend the evening finishing the outside wall of my house. Today is was about 80° and humid as fuck at 4pm when we hit the garage.


  • 850m Run
  • 5 Rounds
    • 30 Air Squats
    • 10 Pull-ups
    • 20 Push-ups
  • 850m Run

I’ve been thinking about doing 10 rounds of 10-20-30 for Murph, so this was a good test. This morning I was reading Reddit and saw someone mention starting with the air squats, which I thought was brilliant because going from squats right to that last mile always sucks on the legs.

I did the first run in 4:29. My round splits were 1:26, 1:32, 2:01, 2:03, and 2:06. I was able to do two rounds of push-ups unbroken, but then 12-6-2, 10-6-4, and 4×5. I bet my squats got a little slower too. The last run was about 4:36. Total time of 18:13, which is a slower pace than my full Murph last year. Needless to say I won’t be doing the 10-20-30, because my average pace per round of “Cindy” today would have been 54.8 seconds and last year during Murph I averaged about 51.6 seconds per round. I think I will start with squats though.

Our plan is to do Murph on Sunday morning, which should be nice and cool. So that should be much better on the body because it was hard to breathe in the thick air today.


4 Rounds

  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (red)
  • 10/10 KB Side Bends (70#)
  • 10/10 One Arm Weighted Single Leg V-ups (20#)


4 Rounds

  • ~35s Bottom Squat Hold
  • 20 Plyo Lunges

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Nick Momrik

I'm searching for my first hole-in-one. I enjoy being active and making things. I work for Automattic.

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