Rob Murphy

August 04, 2020

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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: 17.30 Month: 25.55 Year: 1531.99
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

I woke up this morning and discovered that our GUNKY air disappeared overnight. I can see Mt. Olympus from my front window! I went outside and spent a few minutes breathing clean air.

Also discovered that Galen Rupp is a pretty decent miler. Like the fifth fastest ever indoors. We all get bits and pieces here and there about his training and I know Salazar is reluctant to part with all the details for obvious reasons, but I sure wish he would write something more comprehensive about the training of Rupp and the Oregon Project. 

PM: Ran an easy 5.5 around the neighborhood and then went ice skating with the kids. I gave myself a half mile for the ice skating. 

More snow coming down now. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Jake K on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 09:46:04 from

3:50 is just a different level. His range from the mile to HM is so impressive. Lots of great performances this weekend... That Mary Cain is quite a talent as well.

From Jake K on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 09:58:19 from

It's kind of funny to read the pages and pages and pages of comments over the past week where everyone was saying NO WAY he comes close to 3:50....

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 11:32:15 from

Yeah, Mary Cain too...

Pretty soon we might have to start thinking about Rupp as a person who could flirt with records from the mile to the marathon in virtually the same calendar year. Not saying it's going to happen but his range is pretty remarkable.

From Jake K on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 13:07:09 from

On the international level, only Geb and Bekele have shown that kind of range in such a short time span.

Steve Scott ran 3:51.8 indoors. So other than Lagat, Rupp is head and shoulders above everyone else. I wonder if he'll take a crack at 3:49 outdoors this year. You have to think the 5K American record is in serious jeopardy. And I bet he could break Hall's half marathon record at almost any point if he wanted to try.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 15:37:25 from

You're right about all that Jake. It will be fun to see the approach they take this year.

From Jake K on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 12:34:35 from

Hey I was looking at some of the photos Amiee took at the 5K on Saturday. Salazar would have a FIELD DAY correcting how you are holding your hands/thumbs while running. I think fixing that alone would drop 5 seconds a mile :-)

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 12:42:42 from

Speaking of those pictures, why does B.J. Christensen always remind me of a running version of Ivan Drago?

From Jake K on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 12:45:00 from

Cause he's 8 feet tall and has more gadgets than Robocop

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 12:48:52 from

Speaking of Salazar, it's been a while since I've read a "Salazar doesn't know what he's doing" thread on Letsrun.

From Jake K on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 12:52:11 from

I know, a full 3 days. If Rupp doesn't break 7:30 in the upcoming 3K, I'm sure the haters will be back out in full force.

From Steve on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 13:11:37 from

You guys do have jobs, right?

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 13:15:39 from

Surfin' the net baby!

From Jake K on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 13:18:45 from

yeah its not like a STUPID AIRPLANE where they make you turn off "electronic devices" for no reason during takeoff and landing. gotta catch up on the 'net!

From Jake K on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 13:19:53 from

I want a singlet that has Rob's picture on the front and "Surfin' the net baby!" written on the back

From Steve on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 13:52:15 from

Trust me, you don't want to sit on a plane for three hours with 200 people yaking on their cell phones around you

From Rob on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 16:08:39 from

At least if they ever let people use their phones they'll let me use my noise cancelling headphones too.

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