Rob Murphy

August 11, 2020

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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: 6.25 Month: 76.35 Year: 1582.79
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

So I'm at work now administering the ACT and I'm wondering how Texas Instruments achieved their near monopoly on calculators. Of 25 kids taking the test right now, I have 22 using TI's and 3 using Casios.

That's pretty good market share. 

PM: Well, some days everything comes together perfectly to prevent me from getting in a decent run. Had to be at work today earlier than the normal 7 am so no morning run. ACT testing so no lunch run. Wife had to work so no after school run, daughter had to go to math tutor so I couldn't get to the gym before the rush so I could get a treadmill. Got to the gym and waited 20 minutes for a treadmill to open up. One finally did and the belt slipped horribly over 7 mph. Waited 15 minutes for another treadmill and it was permanently stuck in -3% downhill mode and sounded like a herd of elephants when I ran on it. Waited about 5 minutes for another treadmill next to the worst smelling individual I've ever encountered. Attitude shot to he!! by this point. Ran 2.25 miles, quit and picked up the kids. 

Sitting at home pouting now. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Rob on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 09:27:59 from

I still have a TI-85 from when I was in school, and if I remember right the teacher required that model so everyone would have the same one.

So, I blame the teachers getting kickbacks from TI.

From Andrea on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 09:28:04 from

I'm pretty sure I had my TI with me at all times throughout college (did I mention how super cool I was in college?!). I still have 2 TI-89s and one's dream.

From Jake K on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 09:31:15 from

Andrea is such a dork. As soon as I graduated from college I traded my TI-83 for a case of diet mtn dew.

From Fritz on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 09:38:27 from

I had my ti-85 with me every minute in high school but it passed away a few years ago. I couldn't fathom being without a TI so I bought a TI-89 just for fun. I still can't comprehend how it does indefinite integrals.

From Rob on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 09:57:18 from

I actually wasn't aware people still used calculators.

I have an iPhone!

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 10:13:39 from

As a right-brained history guy, I never took a math course difficult enough to require a calculator.

Imagine my surprise to find all the comments to my idle musing.

From Jake K on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 10:16:25 from

Runners + Bloggers = Dorks = People who will talk about calculators

It really shouldn't come as a huge surprise

From Jake K on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 20:09:47 from

The negative 3 percent treadmill wasn't broken, its the official treadmill of the St George Marathon

From Bret on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 20:23:43 from

That's the best "no run" story. Ever.

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