Rob Murphy

October 13, 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: 47.75 Year: 1160.56
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5:45 am workout with the varsity teams: We ran an easy 3 miles with a fast finish. Then some striders, drills, and core exercises. Finished with an easy 800.

I averaged 8 minute pace which is pretty good since I've been experimenting with a new trend I've been reading about in the best selling book "Chi Posin With the Tarahumara". I'm running in swim flippers while wearing the Vibram Five Fingers on my hands. Before primitive man learned to walk upright he would occasionally run on all fours while chasing wildabeasts to exhaustion. Hence the Five Fingers - I'm not quite ready to go bare handed. 

In casual conversation with other runners I'm also sure to shake my head in dismay at the poor saps who are still running in running shoes. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From jtshad on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 10:12:12 from

What??!?!? Is this April fool's?

From Rob Murphy on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 11:50:48 from

Jeff - I amuse myself and that's all that matters! Seriously, when I was typing it I was drinking a Gatorade and I started laughing until the Gatorade shot out my nose all over my keyboard. I'm my biggest fan.

I'm just making fun of the whole Chi, Pose, barefoot, vibram five finger craze. I know this guy who has been running for about 2 months and has logged maybe 50 miles his entire life. But he read Born to Run so he's an expert. The other day he was lecturing me on how stupid I am because I run in running shoes and actually replace them when they get worn out.

The fact that I've been doing this for 32 years and have circled the globe several times is cancelled out by his reading Born to Run.

From dugco on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 12:24:05 from

Oh, Rob - there you go inserting personal experience and common sense into the whole argument - sheesh! Can't you just let the corporate conspiracy angle play itself out for a while at least. I'm jumping on the bandwagon with a class action suit against XXooks and AsiXX for my persistent ear aches.

From Rob Murphy on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 12:34:47 from

Doug - have you tried hanging the Vibram Five Fingers or a pair of Crocs from your ears when you run?

It' can't hurt.

From Teena Marie on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 15:29:19 from


Hope you got your keyboard cleaned off! :)

From RivertonPaul on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 17:21:12 from

I personally have received much validation and joy returning to my roots by running in my chimpanzee suit.

From Kory on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 01:28:06 from

That made my night thanks. Ouch ribs hurt laughing. Keep the running going and God bless you.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 07:30:01 from

Kory! You're actually reading the blog? It's great to hear from you.

We Murphys were hoping to swing by and meet you next weekend when we're in Pocatello for the half. Hopefully you will be out of the hospital by then?

From Kory on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 11:06:32 from

Ya love reading about my friends. I hope Jeff and you do well next week. I'm going to try and be there at the finishing line next week at the Pocatello marathon even though I'll probably cry when I watch it. Nobody in my family is doing any of the events now. My wife stopped her training because of her father's issues and isn't ready for it.

I'm out of the ICU since last night and have taken 10 steps and will have rehab today. Hopefully I can meet you next week? I do have a long road for recovery.

Has your wife said how my Father-in-law is doing? Take care.

From baldnspicy on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 13:51:34 from

You crack me up!! I actually tried to picture it. Well if a running coach does it... :-)

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