Rob Murphy

August 15, 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: 29.55 Month: 99.65 Year: 1606.09
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Nine miles in 72 minutes.

Pretty decent run considering how weak and dehydrated I am.

We're having a big batch of really polluted air right now in Salt Lake City. This is something they call SMOG in most places, but here in Utah we refer to it as an "inversion". This sounds a lot better. Anyway, I've never been bothered much by this but today I could feel my lungs burning. Looking out my front window I can't even make out the faintest trace of the Wasatch Range about two miles to the east. I assume the mountains are still there. 

I'm listening to an interview now with Jared Diamond, the author of Guns, Germs, and Steel. Apparently he has a new book out about "traditional societies" and what we can learn from them. A "traditional society" is one in which people, even though we are living in 2013, haven't ever plugged in an electrical cord or made a phone call. Societies like ours which have electricity and running water and sewage systems apparently lack traditions and are "not traditional". I think we used to call these traditional societies "backwards" or "primitive". 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Jake K on Tue, Jan 01, 2013 at 15:04:20 from

Do "traditional societies" follow a paleo diet and wear vibram five fingers?

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Jan 01, 2013 at 15:27:47 from

They would probably mock us because marketers can get us to cough up $100 to run barefoot.

From MattyG on Wed, Jan 02, 2013 at 07:36:52 from

I find Jared Diamond's work important and interesting, but for decades, he's been writing about the benefits of adopting a lifestyle similar to the indigenous populations around the world, how urbanization is bad,... and during that time, guess where he chose to live?... L.A.

From Rob Murphy on Wed, Jan 02, 2013 at 08:04:00 from

Matty - I am a fan of Diamond as well. My hat is off to any academic who sees it as his mission to inform the broader public and not just a narrow slice of academia. I think he's masterful at distilling complicated subjects to the point where the layman can understand it.

From Rob on Wed, Jan 02, 2013 at 15:09:18 from

Rob, I've been trying to respond to this post all day but for some reason can't find the words.

I'll just say the inversion is really burning my lungs too. Nice run!

From Rob on Wed, Jan 02, 2013 at 16:27:25 from

I'd be a traditionalist, but I'm afraid I'd miss out on all the cool new stuff.

is what I meant to say.

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