Rob Murphy

November 14, 2019

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Salt Lake City,Ut,

Member Since:

Feb 11, 2010



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

I had some success in high school and college. Winner 1985 Rod Dixon Run 

Had a fair amount of success as a Masters runner for most of my 40s. 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Have fun, not get fat, stay fit.

Long-Term Running Goals:

 Keep running in some fashion.


I teach AP European History and other courses at Alta High School. I coached the track and cross country teams at Alta for 16 years.

Married, two kids - Abby and Andy

My Twitter  @murphy_rob

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 45.25 Year: 1253.17
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

16.25 miles in 2:02:37 (7:33). First 10 miles was on the roads around Sugarhouse Park and East Salt Lake. Last six on the wood chip path at Liberty Park. Saw Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur running at the park as well rehabbing his ruptured achilles. Jogged with him for about 50 yards and wished him luck.

My girls did a good job at Bob Firman considering the circumstances. They were up at 2 am for the six hour bus ride to Boise. Barely got the the meet in time to pick up packets, hand out numbers and chips and get in a short warm-up. No time to check out the course. Meanwhile, our chief competition all traveled up the night before, lounged around the hotel until 9am, had a good breakfast, and were at the course in plenty of time to relax beforehand. Still, the girls finished 5th out of 18 teams in the Varsity Elite race. Counting the teams in the two other varsity races, they were 5th out of 84 teams. Ryan Fuller ran a 17:04 in the boys elite race after a week of battling bronchitis.

It occurs to me that some people might think "what kind of stupid coach gets his team up at 2 am for a 300 mile bus ride to compete against some of the best teams in the country when those teams went up the night before and are rested"? See, the thing is, our school district allows each team only one overnight trip per year. We are using ours for the Nike Southwest meet in Tempe, Arizona in November. Other districts (Davis, Park City, Ogden) don't have those restrictions.So, if I want my team to race the best teams from out of state, I have to deal with these restrictions and hope for the best.

We didn't get home from Boise until 1 am this morning. Very tired today. Now, to enjoy my one day weekend.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Bret on Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 15:49:05 from

Nice race report for your team Rob. Too bad you cannot get an exemption from those restrictions regarding overnight travel.

From dugco on Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 17:27:14 from

Given the circumstances, I'd say the girls did extremely well. Congrats, coach. I'm sure the girls enjoyed the bigtime meet experience. Will no doubt be good for them in the long run... so to speak.

From jtshad on Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 18:03:59 from

Congrats to the team! I have heard that is a great race over in Eagle! Glad you had safe travels.

From steve ash on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 08:37:04 from

Rob, But did you enjoy the trip? Definitely sounds tiring though..

From baldnspicy on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 22:58:59 from

Congrats to you and your team! That shows some serious dedication and props to you for working with what you've got. Just like training for your peak race, sometimes you have to do some not so fun races & workouts leading up to it, knowing that it will make you better for the race you're really training for. Sacrifice comes in many packages.

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