Rob Murphy

Say No To Drugs Holiday 10k

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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: 13.50 Month: 92.75 Year: 92.75
Race: Say No To Drugs Holiday 10k (6.21 Miles) 00:38:46, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 1
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So I'm here in my original hometown of Dunedin, Fl visiting my mom and my sisters family. Decided to run the Say No To Drugs 10k in Clearwater this morning. The course is one I've run many times before back in high school for racees like the Fun-n-Sun Run and the Easter Bunny Run. Out-and-back on the Clearwater Beach Causway. When I went to bed last night on my mom's couch I decided not to set an alarm since I had no sleep the night before and if I woke up in time then I would race, if not I'd do a nice long run on my own. So I woke up about 10 minutes before I needed to leave, got dressed, had a cup of coffee and a cliff bar. Still feeling groggy from the sleep aid I took last night. I wavered back and forth about going and then decided to give it a shot. Got to the race, registered, hit the POP, and then did a little warm-up. Got hassled by a creepy Scientologist guard when I set foot on cult property which happens to be pretty much all of downtown Clearwater.

Pretty warm and, for me, really humid. Pushed hard on the way out with a nice tailwind (5:58, 5:50, 6:00) but then crapped out on the way back and didn't race very hard, just pushing it as hard as I could without experiencing any real pain (6:21, 6:30, 6:45, 1:19). In my defense, it was against a pretty good headwind and very bright sun and I didn't wear sunglasses and I was cranky at how generally lethargic I felt. Even with the slow splits I maintained my place - passed one guy and one guy passed me. So I was happy to break 39, win my age group, and with the nice pancake breakfast and snazzy medal after.

Sad that I didn't run into Mark. Would have been nice to see another FRBer.

Nice distraction. I highly reccomend this race. Beautiful, well organized, good cause.

PM: Easy 3 miles around old Dunedin. Swim after.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From jtshad on Sat, Dec 17, 2016 at 09:42:55 from

Nice effort, great time.

From Mark on Sat, Dec 17, 2016 at 10:30:13 from

It sure was tough feeling today! I didn't know you were going to be there. I had to get going but as I was leaving for my car I heard them call your name and wondered if it was a different Rob Murphy. Congrats!

From Bret on Sat, Dec 17, 2016 at 12:39:35 from

Well done Rob. It brings back memories of running those 10ks with you back in the day. Shorter bridge and less steep then though. :)

You probably haven't lost too much in your times over the years which is a real testament to your fitness.

From dugco on Sun, Dec 18, 2016 at 13:34:11 from

Good job. We and the rest of our Dunedin peeps are actually up here in Tally - go figure. Enjoy and say hey to your fam.

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