Rob Murphy

SLTC Winter 5k

Recent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesRob Murphy's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageWeek ViewMonth View
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!


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: 8.00 Month: 110.20 Year: 313.06
Race: SLTC Winter 5k (3.11 Miles) 00:19:20, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

I made it out to the Salt Lake Track Club's Winter 5k after taking last year off. My goal was to break 20 minutes for the first time in forever and I ran 19:20 - so that's good. Splits were 6:16, 6:10, 6:13, 43. Makes me think I can break 19 minutes again because I wasn't really racing that hard.

I thought I won my age group so I have awarded myself 1st place here on the blog. Bill Cobler beat me by 1 second even though he finished a couple minutes behind me. Decided to do the awards based on chip time rather than gun time and apparently Bill had a hard time making it to the start on time. It's frustrating to lose to a person when you finish a few hundred yards in front of them.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Bret on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 12:04:56 from

USATF rules require gun time to determine place on a certified course - or so I was told when I had a chip time that appeared to have won my age in a race here in ATL. My time was about a minute faster than the gun time winner.

Ohh yeah - great race time BTW. :). Impressive that you felt like you could have gone faster. Well done.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 12:19:23 from

Hey Bret. Here's an observation. In addition to the normal age-related decline, I'm noticing that it's harder all the time to really "go to the well" in racing. I used to vomit after 5k's in high school! I'm not really willing to do that anymore. :-)


From Bret on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 12:23:54 from

Totally with you on that Rob. I would much rather feel like I have given a good effort but with enough to feel like I could have done more.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 12:25:45 from

Of course I was also more prone to eating cheeseburgers 45 minutes before racing in high school.

From jtshad on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 13:51:19 from

Great job on the race and the time. Frustrating to get beat by a person you do not know you are racing, thus the gun time requirement for awards.

5K's have always been a bit hard for me (as a marathoner) to dig that deep for the short distance and fast times.

From Eva Splaine on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 15:05:03 from

That is SO exciting Mr. Murphy!

I kind of know how you must be feeling coming back from an injury and surgery.

I am sure that you will be able to break 19:00 minutes this year; but don't stop there. I think you could break 18 as well.


From Kenny the Apache on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 16:21:00 from

Nice effort and time Rob!I have always been interested in trying out one of these Winter Series races, possibly next year!

Add Your Comment.
  • Keep it family-safe. No vulgar or profane language. To discourage anonymous comments of cowardly nature, your IP address will be logged and posted next to your comment.
  • Do not respond to another person's comment out of context. If he made the original comment on another page/blog entry, go to that entry and respond there.
  • If all you want to do is contact the blogger and your comment is not connected with this entry and has no relevance to others, send a private message instead.
Only registered users with public blogs are allowed to post comments. Log in with your username and password or create an account and set up a blog.
Debt Reduction Calculator

Featured Announcements
New Kids on the Blog
(need a welcome):
Lone Faithfuls
(need a comment):