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
Tue, Mar 06, 2018
Marathon Pace Miles
VO2 Max Miles
7.5 treadmill miles at about 7:25 pace. 1 mile on the quad masher.
Nice, short tribute to Roger Bannister by Malcolm Gladwell at newyorker.com. David Epstein also wrote a more lengthy piece for Sports Illustrated. I reccomend both.
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From Bret on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 at 13:06:19 from 22.214.171.124
My favorite part of the short Gladwell piece was the reference to the DFW NYT article on Federer. I had actually just sent that to someone a few months ago to show what an outstanding writer he was.
Not sure I completely agree with Gladwell's take though. He seems to diminish Bannister's accomplishment in a way. As a runner himself, it surprised me - because a 4 min mile especially at the time was obviously remarkable and still to me is not nothing - even today.
From Rob Murphy on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 at 13:15:35 from 126.96.36.199
I know exactly what you mean and I had a similar thought. I think what Gladwell was going for with the "ordinary greatness" idea was that we can all come close to knowing what it feels like to train for and run a 4 minute mile without being able to actually do it. It's a more approachable achievement than some others.
From Bret on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 at 13:27:20 from 188.8.131.52
Yeah - I agree - I did not mean to omit that his effort was to say we can all "know" what it feels like to run as fast as Bannister ran, even for a small fraction of the distance - and that distance running is a sport that is much more "inclusive" because of that aspect of it.
From Rob Murphy on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 at 14:12:15 from 184.108.40.206
Are you a fan of DFW's fiction?
From Bret on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 at 14:23:37 from 220.127.116.11
Huge fan. He only really wrote 2 novels and then took his own life before finishing the last one - which was posthumously published - and I have read a bunch of his shorter works. Brilliant. Quirky writing to say the least. If you want an adventure - pick up the rather lengthy Infinite Jest.
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