Rob Murphy

Deseret News Halfer

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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: Deseret News Halfer (13.1 Miles) 01:19:41, Place overall: 16, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

My first time running the half at this venerable Utah classic. This was only my second road half marathon in the last 3 years so I didn't know what to expect. I certainly am out of practice with down-canyon runs and my quads paid the price. Back in the day, I would have Ann drive me up a canyon on a regular basis and I'd run home. I don't ever do that anymore. 

My good friend Bret Jardine flew in from Atlanta last night to run the half so we met at the insane 4:15 am time for the bus ride up the canyon. It's part of the Desnews charm I guess. My plan was to run the first mile under 6 minutes and if that felt reasonable, keep doing it. If not, I'd back it down. The pace felt very comfortable from an aerobic standpoint but I could tell by mile 4 that my quads would be hating life the last couple miles. It went like this...

5:55, 5:48, 5:59, 5:59, 6:01, 5:54, 5:52, 6:07 (stopped to drink), 6:00, 6:20, 6:18, 6:17, 6:37, 0:35. My quads were hating life the last couple miles :-)

I proble could have run a little faster if I was a little less conservative and had a little more pain tolerance. I was the second overall master which is a big boost these days.

Shout out to former Alta HS runner Jon Kotter, winner of the marathon in 2:22.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Bret on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 12:25:47 from

Great seeing you and your family for a few hours Rob. You really nailed the pace on this one. Well done. Take care of those sore quads!

From Jon on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 12:35:44 from

Second overall masters. Impressive. Good job, Rob.

From allie on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 08:52:25 from

3:15 am for the marathon -- so much charm.

great racing! i hope your quads aren't too ruined today. mine will likely be broken for 1-2 weeks.

it was nice seeing you again, both in a running environment and a BEvERage (credit: Rob Murphy) environment.

From jtshad on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 17:02:25 from

Congrats on a strong run.

From JD on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 03:29:04 from

great half!

From Tom K on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 07:29:02 from

Congratulations on a great race! That is super early. Did you end up going to sleep @ 4 pm?

From Rob on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 11:12:56 from

Nice job, you still got it.

From steve ash on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 11:52:08 from

Very nice Rob. I agree that last stretch into Liberty Park is not easy..

From Steve on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 12:37:40 from

Awesome run Rob!

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