Rob Murphy

January 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: 27.75 Month: 151.50 Year: 151.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

12.5 miles on the JRP. 7:40 average.

So there's this article on right now about how the worlds #1 badmitton player failed a doping test. The comment thread is a lot more interesting than the actual article (as is often the case). The best one...

"I've always told people that a sport isn't a sport unless you can cheat with PED's. Congratulations badmitton, you're officially a sport".

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From MarkS on Sat, Nov 08, 2014 at 16:28:40 from

In reading our entry today, I remember some similar decisions I faced in the past and I remember two things my father told me at that time.

1- Never let anger cloud your judgment.

2- The grass always SEEMS greener on the other side of the fence.

What does your wife think of the move?

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Nov 08, 2014 at 16:50:59 from

Those are two pieces of good advice Mark and I've thought of both over the past few weeks. My run today helped with #1 a bit which is why I'm having some doubts now.

Ann's on board. We both vacillate back and forth between being excited for a change and missing life here.

From Jon on Sat, Nov 08, 2014 at 17:20:10 from

So for non Utahns, what happened with the voucher bill a few years ago? What was it? And what recently changed?

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Nov 08, 2014 at 17:41:44 from

The state legislature passed a bill giving all parents who sent their kids to private school a $2500 annual voucher and it was signed into law by then Governor Huntsman. The UEA led an effort to repeal the law by a public referendum which won in a landslide thus repealing the voucher bill.

Since the, the legislature has eliminated pensions for public school teachers and passed legislation requiring hoop jumping annual evaluations for veteran teachers that have little to do with good teaching and a lot to do with punishment.

In any state with one party rule, be it Republican or Democrat, you get this sort of crap. And Utah is the one partiest of the one party states. The communist party in the Soviet Union had more opposition than the Republicans do here.

From Jon on Sat, Nov 08, 2014 at 17:46:40 from

It's ironic, cause, believe it or not, my Grandpa was Utah Speaker of the House in the 60' a democrat.

You know, SC is pretty republican, too.

From Fritz on Sat, Nov 08, 2014 at 17:47:29 from

Would changing districts make a difference? I know my mom hated the administration at Bingham for 25 years but she liked the students enough to stick around. Ultimately no situation is perfect so I guess it comes down to figuring out if the new situation is that much better. Good luck with the decision. It can't be easy.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Nov 08, 2014 at 18:02:19 from

Jon - I know, SC was good training for living in Utah, but SC has also been doing some great things in education.

Fritz - I really like the administration at Alta but this is a state thing and applies to all districts.

From SlowJoe on Sat, Nov 08, 2014 at 19:49:06 from

No, ping pong is the next "sport." This guy is clearly on 'roids:

Come to Texas...cost of living is cheap, economy is tops and we have great schools (the inner-city schools don't count). I guess it is one-party rule, yeah, but I'm a results guy...

From Jake K on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 11:49:20 from

SlowJoe's comment is the only one on-topic here. Everyone else is banned.

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 12:21:40 from

I did a previous post that sounded a little whiny so I deleted it.

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