Rob Murphy

August 12, 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: 22.05 Month: 92.15 Year: 1598.59
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance


I just read on the Running Times website that the number of U.S. marathon finishers declined last year for the first time since 2001. I have been so ready for the current running boom to end. Hopefully we can all look forward to the day when we don't get shut out of our favorite races in favor of the Oprah wannabes and we don't have to commit to a race 12 months in advance just to be assured a spot.

That's my elitist end zone spike for the week.

PM: 11.25 miles on the treadmill. Started slow, worked up to 6 minute pace.

While I was running I was watching this show called Man vs. Food and all I have to say is WTF is wrong with us as a society? I actually could feel my blood pressure rising as I watched. There was this very fat man trying to consume seven pounds of food while a crowd cheered and encouraged him as if he were accomplishing something worth celebrating. I swear it was like watching a guy slowly committing suicide. If we keep on our present de-evolutionary trajectory I wouldn't be surprised if we are soon watching people play Russian Roulette on The Travel Channel. I mean why make it take a couple decades with a stroke or diabetes? Let's have some instant gratification right before our very eyes.

I should add that I did not choose to watch this show. It just happened to be on the TV in front of the treadmill I was running on. 

Happy Sunday! 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Bam on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 16:51:33 from

You're probably too young to remember The Deer Hunter:)

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 17:04:18 from

I think I'm a few months older than you Bam. Christopher Walken right?

From allie on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 17:10:03 from

the running boom is ending because: 1) crossfit makes cooler bumper stickers; 2) port-o-potties for the masses are sooo ick.

i've seen one episode of man v food, and that was enough. he was eating a stack of 14-inch pancakes. about halfway through, he grew tired of the carbs and ordered a giant plate of bacon to help wash it all down.


From Bret on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 17:40:05 from

Is no one seeing the connection between the "end of the running boom" and the "man eating a ton of food" show? Just saying..

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 17:51:45 from

Having a hard time staying with me today Bret?

It's called random free association throughout the day by a guy with too much free time.

From Rob on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 18:20:50 from

Isn't Murphy an Irish name? Happy St. Patricks day Rob and Bam.

I made green shamrock pancakes for breakfast, and corn beef and cabbage for dinner. My German ancestors would be proud.

From Jake K on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 18:32:46 from

Your chance of a cardiovascular problem went up just watching that stupid show. That's why it's worth avoiding all types of reality television at all costs. It makes you feel stupid to be the same species as some of these people.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 18:36:51 from

Bingo Jake!

From Fritz on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 21:26:51 from

I remember this episode because it was at Crown Burger. Ever tried the double Crown Burger?

Apparently the host decided to end the show recently because of concerns for his health. Geez, I wonder why.

From Steve on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 22:56:35 from

Everytime I'm in another country like Haiti, SD, or Mexico I think about episodes of this stupid show. Today I heard that less than 7% of Americans are not considered overweight on the standard BMI chart. Nuts.

On my plane back home today six people asked for seat belt extensions when they boarded because they already knew the seat belts wouldn't fit at maximum extension.

All six requested wheelchairs on landing so they wouldn't have to walk to their connecting gate. No kidding.

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 06:11:01 from

How many seat belt extenders does one plane carry?

From Steve on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 08:04:15 from

4 if the plane has 130 seats, 6 if it has 170. We run out all the time. I've had to call company to get 8 before. The normal seat belts are not small either.

From dugco on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 08:18:46 from

Recent personal experience suggests we're gonna need bigger planes... of the twelve row-mates on all my flights this weekend, two needed extenders, and fully half of them were uncomfortably confined in their space - sad.

From fiddy on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 08:31:37 from

It's slightly ironic to read some of the people commenting in this thread.

From Rob on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 09:14:28 from

Hey, I just get the seatbelt extensions cause it's free with my ticket. Like the peanuts and 1/2 can of gingerale.

From Jon on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 18:31:03 from

All the smart marathoners are just moving up to Ultras. It grew 20% last year, I heard.

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