Rob Murphy

Running Up For Air

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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: 25.00 Month: 81.75 Year: 2127.77
Race: Running Up For Air (24 Miles) 08:13:00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Don't really know how to write up this race report because it was so much different than anything I've ever done running-wise.

I signed up for the 12 hour option a couple months ago before my running went to heck and I began running 100 mile months. Probably should have chose the 6 hour option. I had a sort of goal to do 5 laps (each lap is a run up to the top of Grandeur Peak from the Church Fork Trailhead in the snow. There's a 2,500 foot elevation gain up to the summit at 8,299 feet. There's a couple cold creeks you have to jump filled with pirhanas. I ran the first couple laps in 1:40ish but slowed to 2:11 on the 4th lap. Since I had 3:45 to complete another lap, I could have done it but I decided to live to fight another day and the 4th summit was really hard. I don't want to have to take a week or so off of running. As it is, my legs are pretty trashed and I has this wierd pain in the bones of both feet.

Cool to see Cody Draper and chat quite a bit. I pulled the plug before he lapped me as he came in from his 5th lap 7 minutes after I finished my 4th. He's better at this than me. I was one of the stronger older guys though.

Such a cool event and lots of camaradarie put on by Jared Campbell. The aid tent at the bottom was the best - so much fun I had a hard time leaving it. The one at the top was cool but, obviously, less well stocked. On my 3rd summit all they had at the top was water and whisky which I don't reccomend as an aid station beverage. On my 4th summit they had added some gatorade, coca-cola (I slugged a whole can), and beer. 

Before today I had never had a Red Bull but today I had three and a half. I was afraid I might have a heart attack on the trail.

I will do this again next year and complete 5 laps. I will actually train.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Fritz on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 19:44:25 from

Nice job Rob! Sounds like a painfully nice way to spend a Saturday. Probably the first time ever that whiskey and piranhas were mentioned in the same race report.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 19:59:19 from

The whisky was true.

From Bret on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 20:34:20 from

Sounds like a really cool event Rob. Good job on being wise with your decision not to do another lap. Congrats!

From Vis on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 20:51:09 from

Cool stuff, Rob. When a person decides to enjoy an event instead of push the limits, he or she often enjoys the camaraderie more. At our xc aid station for the stg marathon, I noticed the 4:30-5:30 people look like they're having the most fun.

From allie on Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 14:50:48 from

3.5 red bulls and

this sounds like a cool event. 4 summits and descents of grandeur in a day sounds like a very successful and tiring day of running.

From Tom K on Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 15:26:09 from

TRY-THE-RED-BULL-ITS-GREAT!!! Man, that's a lot of climbing! Great work, Rob.

From Jon on Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 17:50:56 from

Impressive. Glad you enjoyed it and avoided the piranhas. And cool you've got the resolution to return and improve next year.

From JTB on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 12:08:23 from

Great work Rob. Would love to join next year...if I am feeling up to it.

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