Rob Murphy

February 23, 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: 7.50 Month: 160.03 Year: 362.89
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

The plan today is to head up to Jeremy Ranch at noon and start a longish run at 12:30. The hourly forecast has it at about 75 degrees. Would rather be running now when it's 55 but it's not in the cards.

So there was another big race yesterday (the TOU Half) that  I didn't run. I have a hard time doing many fall races because I have a job that keeps me busy on Saturday's. It's weird though - at the beginning of my current racing drought that goes back to Boston it was driving me crazy that I wasn't doing any of the big races. But now I don't even care. I still have this compulsion to get out and run. Like today I plan to run close to twenty miles but I'm not sure why other than I feel like running. I have no plans to run a marathon in the foreseeable future.

I also looked back and noticed that the years I was really focusing on my teaching and coaching were the years when I was doing the least amount of running ( I was fat in 2003, 2004, and 2008, my three "state championship years".) and the years I was running my best times I was sort of putting my job on the back burner. It's almost like I can either focus on my own running or someone else's running, but not both. And since coaching and teaching are essentially the same thing, I guess it applies to that too.

Well, no twenty this afternoon. 6.25 instead around the inferno at Sugarhouse Park.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Jake K on Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 21:06:01 from

that's the challenge of balance. its really tough to give 100% to so many different areas. something usually (but not always) has to give.

From Justin on Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 21:17:21 from

good run. good luck at pocatello.

From steve ash on Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 21:38:04 from

Rob, I have had the same feelings and thoughts for quite a while. Unfortunately to be the at the top it takes not a 100% but 110% and then some good luck thrown in the mix. Not many of us can afford that kind of time and commitment at this stage in life. Just remember the kids lives you influenced for good will last and be remembered longer than any PR:)

Your still a great runner Rob and a smart one to boot don't forget..

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