Rob Murphy

June 19, 2018

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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: 15.55 Month: 124.10 Year: 1138.99
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AM: 3 mile hike in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah with Andy.

PM: 8.25  miles on the treadmill at 24 Hour Fitness.

If you're one of those people that believes the private sector does everything better than the public sector what with all their competition and accountability, how do you explain a crappy company like 24 Hour Fitness that keeps right on not going out of business? Every government owned gym or health club I've ever been too whether it was operated by Salt Lake County or the U.S. Army is far and away superior.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From emruns on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 10:39:30 from

I think 24 Hour gets people hooked with contracts. Then, they just charge the monthly fees whether that person uses the club or not. Customer service is not a priority, nor is upkeep on the equipment. I think there are tons of people out there obliviously paying monthly fees and not even using the gym. I stay because I love the group fitness instructors. And, they have day care, which is a must. Otherwise, I would be happy to switch to a rec center or another club. Lifetime Fitness is pretty swanky.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 13:36:16 from

I personally wonder how a lot of companies stay in business: fast food, smoke shops, liquor industry, gambling industry, Hollywood, fitness clubs, GPS running watch manufacturers, to name a few - I never give them any money :-)

More seriously speaking, free market succeeds to the extent that the people are moral. For an illustration, think of a good running competition. We train as hard as we can, we race each other with the idea to find out who is the best, and for everyone to do their best. As a result, everybody is as fit as they can be. Now imagine a race where everybody trips and punches each other, takes short cuts, arranges with a conspirator to prevent the competition from starting, etc. Now the idea of a race is completely ruined and the true fitness declines (except maybe runners now become better boxers :-) ). So it is with the free market and the private sector. If people are not committed deep down to reaching true excellence in whatever they do, the fallout is a weak economy regardless of what rules they race under, even if it is the American-style free market.

From Glory in the long run on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 00:32:23 from

The free market works as people are moral and also immoral. So the smokeshops and liquor stores do good business in service to people's needs, which are sometimes moral and sometimes not.

But I agree Sasha that good business in the long run is a moral endeavor, treating people well, following laws, choosing longevity over impulse serves a company and gov't and individual well.

From jtshad on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 07:02:43 from

All economic systems can work on paper and have value. All economic systems break down when you put people in the equation and greed enters and character and morals are corrupted. A "me first" attitude will corrupt capitalism, socialism and communism equally.

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