Rob Murphy

Pay City Trail Series "10k"

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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: 0.00 Month: 166.61 Year: 166.61
Race: Pay City Trail Series "10k" (6.5 Miles) 00:45:32, Place overall: 12, Place in age division: 1
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I wanted to write up a decent race report today so I could remember a few things but all the data is missing from my Garmin and I don't know why. I saved my run after crossing the finish line but when I push the history button on my watch it says "No history. Go Run"! 

Screw you Garmin. I'll try to go by memory...

Mile 1: 6:40 something. This is a very gradual uphill most of the way on a wide trail. I was breathing a little harder than I wanted to that early. Was in something like 9th place.

Mile 2: 7:30ish. All uphill, some of it pretty steep, with some rocky singletrack at the end. Maintained my position but felt like crap and refused to push the uphills.

Miles 3, 4: Low 7 pace for both.Switchbacks and singletrack the whole way. Rolling hills. Pretty rocky so I had to be careful on the downhills not wanting to mess up my knee. Got passed by a couple guys after the 4 mile including Mark Christopherson, a 40 something year-old ultra trail running dude from Park City that I beat a few weeks ago in the 5k. Thought I might catch him later but no dice. This is the kind of running that I don't excel at in trail races. I'm just sort of trotting along, enjoying the  scenery, not racing with much intensity but really enjoying the view.

Mile 5: 6:06. Fastest mile on the course. Only caught one guy though. Disappointed in that but happy with the split.

Mile 6: 6:50ish. I could see Christopherson but I was gased. Was hoping he'd roll an ankle or get mauled by a bear. No luck! 

Last half mile: 3:20. Decent finish. 12th overall - down from 11th in the 5k. Won the not very competative 50-54 age group.

Gulped a lot of free chocolate milk after and ran 2 miles in 18 minutes. Went to the awards ceremony and basked in the adulation of the crowd. Humbly answered a couple questions about how a human could possibly run so fast at such an advanced age. Odd after a 45:32 but it is a hard course at a high elevation and it was unusually hot today so I'm happy. Interestingly, the people who were asking were both wearing these big running backpack things. I asked them if they wore them in the race and they said they did. I suggested that with 3 water/gatorade stops over 6 plus miles that they might not be benefiitting from carrying such a large store of provisions on their backs. 

Listened to Tom Petty's "Pack Up the Plantation" live album on the way down the mountain.

No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life's most rewarding experiences. My times become slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged. Each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another, and each race telling me more about myself.

George Sheehan




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From Tom K on Sat, Jul 08, 2017 at 06:50:05 from

Go really fast!

From steve ash on Sat, Jul 08, 2017 at 13:33:23 from

Nice work Rob. Sounds like a really good time:)

From Tom K on Sat, Jul 08, 2017 at 15:31:04 from

Man, that race sounds like a blast! Congratulations on the AG win.

From Blake Bennion on Sat, Jul 08, 2017 at 15:35:01 from

Way to go!

From Bret on Sat, Jul 08, 2017 at 16:25:32 from

Nice report Rob and great effort - sounds like you enjoyed it.

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