Rob Murphy

Discrete Peak Series - Alta

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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: 34.00 Month: 161.10 Year: 966.34
Race: Discrete Peak Series - Alta (6.1 Miles) 01:28:52, Place overall: 44, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

This was the hardest race I've ever run and I have the bruises and cuts to prove it.

Discrete Trail Series Alta race. Not really running except for a mile or two, Mostly hiking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, bouldering, falling down, and whining inside my head.

Feast your eyes on these splits...

Mile 1 - 19:06

Mile 2 - 21:07

Mile 3 - 19:44

Mile 4 - 15:25

Mile 5 - 5:53

Mile 6 - 6:43

I think they pretty much tell the story. I won't be running this one again.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Steve on Sun, Aug 09, 2015 at 09:29:35 from

This is my kind of run

From Amiee on Sun, Aug 09, 2015 at 21:01:55 from

The elevation shows a better picture... There was 1100 ft loss in the half mile coming down from Baldy OMG! Nice job not quitting and not falling all the way down the mountain. That was stupid!

From Teena Marie on Sun, Aug 09, 2015 at 22:29:20 from

Wowzers!!! I can only imagine!!!

From Jason D on Sun, Aug 09, 2015 at 22:33:05 from

I am not sure whether to respect you or be afraid of you, Rob. But no tree climbing?

From Jake K on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 11:29:18 from

I think it was Brigham Young who once said:

"And it shall pass that a trail deemed runnable will be too lame for downhill skiing. Yet let it be known that the vice de la versa is also true, for a route providing enough steepness to tear through champagne G on a pow day is best enjoyed with shred sticks on thy feet and a helmet on thy head."

Or maybe that was Glen Plake? I get those two confused.

In any case, I like that route and we do variations of it... in the spring... on snow :-)

I bet you'll get all your miles under 15 minutes in your next race. You're due!

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 11:35:58 from

Nice Jake!

I did enjoy that 5:53. I passed a ton of people who are better than me at rolling down boulder fields.

From Jake K on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 11:41:44 from

I would have lent you a helmet if I knew the course went down the NW shoulder of Mt Baldy. That's sort of a ridiculous route, it's a pure scree field. Going up is one thing, because most people would be walking anyways, but going down seems a bit reckless - that's a legitimate advanced level ski run for 6 months of the year that Alta closes off a lot of times due to avalanche danger!

From Bret on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 13:19:06 from

So this goes in the "what was I thinking" list of races? Glad you got through it relatively unscathed! :)

From Jon on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 18:20:34 from

I'm with Steve- my kind of race.

I wonder how often Brigham Young and Glen Plake get confused with each other. Probably more than you think.

From Bob on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 08:17:05 from

"That which does not kill us, makes us stronger" Right?

From allie on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 16:44:26 from

i'm now realizing that 74% was downhill. brutal!

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 17:26:06 from

Yeah Allie, that was something I didn't fully appreciate going in.

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