Rob Murphy

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Salt Lake City,Ut,

Member Since:

Feb 11, 2010



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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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Really unfortunate run today. 14.75 in 1:52.

The plan was to run 18-20, but running West on 900 South today towards Liberty Park (about 11 miles into the run) I rolled my right ankle horribly, went crashing to the ground and rolled several times downhill. Those of you that know Salt Lake know that this is a steep downhill from East High down to the 9th and 9th area. Cut up my hands and elbow pretty good. I got up and hobbled to the side of the road where I clutched my ankle and rolled around in agony for a while. This seemed to help some.

So I got up and started walking, then jogging a bit. The power gel I had been holding in my hand exploded on impact and I began licking the excess off my fingers - being careful to avoid the road grime and debris. Tasty. Felt a surge of energy after this.

Finally got down to Liberty Park where my wife and kids were planning on picking me up. Jogged around the park a couple times at about 9 minute pace with the ankle hurting pretty bad. Not sure what I was trying to accomplish. Although it did seem to hurt less when running than it did when walking. Finally decided to abort the mission at 14.75.

I got home, threw a bag of ice in the tub and sat for a while. But now the ankle is swelling up more with each passing hour and I'm reduced to a hobble around the house.

So that was my run today.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From steve ash on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 16:30:00 from

Oh Rob! Jeez! Are you ok? Excellent but gruesome depiction of the carnage. Did you see the doc for an x-ray?

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 16:51:55 from

Thanks Steve. No doctor yet, but my next door neighbor is an ortho doc (granted, he's about 14 years old) and is getting home from work in an hour or so. I think I'll have him take a look.

I'm pretty sure its a relatively mild sprain. I've had them before. Might require two or three days of rest.

From Teena Marie on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 16:57:29 from

I hope Dougie Houser has some good news for you.

(I'm sure you are already icing, elevating, immobilizing, etc.)

That just stinks!

From jtshad on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 22:39:48 from

Sorry to hear about the crash, I hope the ankle is not that bad. As Teena indicated, follow the RICE formula and stay off it for at least a couple of days.

From steve ash on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 22:39:53 from

Hey, I have been through this and I know this can be ugly.

I chased after a shoplifter in 2002 and paid the price with the same type of injury, caused by a curb even!

From Rob on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 22:42:24 from

Man, sorry to hear that. I was running in SanFrancisco in the dark one morning before my flight home and triped on a parking curb out by the Golden Gate Bridge. Had to run 8 miles back in the dark with blood pooring down my leg the whole way. I still have the scare 1 year later. Hope you get better soon, good luck.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 23:30:10 from

Thanks everyone, this is why I'm so glad to have discovered this blog.

Jeff- I'm going to take your advice.

From Bret on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 09:36:12 from

Wow - that's really too bad Rob. Did you try yelling too as you rolled about in agony -- I hear that sometimes helps too -frequently results in a free kick or a yellow card against the opposing player.

Seriously though, how is it feeling today?

From dugco on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 14:14:57 from

Note to self - if ever running with Rob, stay several feet back and bring a cell phone. Maybe you and Bret are onto something with the whole long runs on a treadmill thing. Might still roll an ankle, but unlikely to get gravel embedded in your arse.

Take care - maybe limit it to 10 miles tomorrow.

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