Rob Murphy

August 10, 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: 6.25 Month: 76.35 Year: 1582.79
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Nice, steady treadmill run after work. 10.25 miles. Kept it around 7:10 to 7:20 pace most of the way.

Here's something interesting. In my U.S. history classes we are in the early 20th century now - a time period dominated by Theodore Roosevelt. Whenever I teach a subject, I try to come up with something interesting that makes people who lived long ago seem more human to high school kids in 2013. Today we talked about the most tragic day in TR's life, February 14th, 1884. On that day his young wife Alice gave birth to their first child and died later that day due to complications from the delivery. To make matters worth, TR's mother died that exact same day in the same house of typhoid fever. Roosevelt was devastated by this and gave his infant daughter, whom he named Alice, to his sister to care for and he moved to the Dakota Territory and purchased a cattle ranch. For several years he lived in relative isolation while he recovered from this tragedy.

If you all want to see something pretty powerful and moving you can google "theodore roosevelt diary entry day wife died" to see what he wrote in his diary that evening. You might cry if you are the sensitive type.

My students found it doubly sad that this occurred on Valentine's Day. But I had to tell them that I'm pretty sure Valentine's Day was a 20th Century invention of the floral and greeting card industries to make us feel like jerks if we don't by their products. 

I just looked it up. Valentines Day is older that I thought. I still maintain that your wife and mother dying on the same day in the same house cannot be made worse by occurring on Valentines Day. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From allie on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 19:51:01 from

wow. i've never heard that before. so sad. that big, black X...

From Laputka on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 20:31:25 from

I wonder if my daughter knows that? I'm going to test her. Oh, I'm not religious and never travel. I hope you don't pay anything for that Quantcast data thing.

From Jake K on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 20:46:45 from

My favorite Roosevelt story is when he snuck off on a camping trip w/ John Muir... that trip really kickstarted the whole national parks movement.

From Bam on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 13:21:55 from

I told this to my wife when we were walking around the supermarket - she was mightly impressed with my newly acquired historical knowledge:) Thanks Rob. A weekly historical tidbit would be handy.

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