Rob Murphy

August 11, 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: 6.25 Month: 76.35 Year: 1582.79
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

9.5 miles on the treadmill averaging 8 mph. Got it up to 9 mph for a while. Beautiful day, but I'm being cautious with the foot before the trail run up at Alta tomorrow.

I finished Scott Jurek's book. I'll have to write a review soon.


Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Rob on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 13:27:22 from

I just finished it too. Did you like it? I found it entertaining and worth while but it was a little depressing. I found it odd that it actually made me want to do an Ultra more, it would scare most people away.

From Jake K on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 13:42:05 from

I'll plan on joining you guys up there starting next week... no trail runs before Duluth!

From Lulu Walls on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 13:43:18 from

I just finished Jurek's book as well. I have very mixed feelings about it so I look forward to your review!

From Lulu Walls on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 13:50:53 from

It actually really annoyed me. Anytime he was about to get anywhere below the surface all of a sudden there was a recipe and a complete change of subject. I thought if he mentioned how much he likes guacamole one more time I was going to... I did get some things out of it (I did just pick up some Udo's oil and I already made his curry :) but it could have been so much more!

From Rob on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 14:00:43 from

Totally agree, the recipes should have just been at the end of the book. I did get guacamole on my sub for lunch today though.

I also hated how the book starts with him laying face down dying in the desert and you think there is going to be some lifelong lesson on humility and then he somehow jumps up and wins the race? What is this, Rocky?

From Jake K on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 14:04:30 from

well based on these reviews, it sounds like i'm only going to swear off trail running if i read this one, and i don't want to do that, so i'm crossing it off the list. i don't need some hippie trail dude to tell me that avocados are delicious - i figured that out years ago on my own! :-)

From Rob on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 14:12:31 from

You also learn that running 100+ miles in 100+ degree heat is hard.

Sorry Rob, I know you hate it when I hijack your blog but I've been dying to talk to someone about this book.

From Jake K on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 14:14:14 from

Spoiler Alert!!

From Lulu Walls on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 15:11:50 from

Oooh I've wanted to talk to someone too... I guess I was sort taken aback by how competitive and serious he was being a hippie, vegan in VW van and all. There was seriously something missing with this guy and I can't put my finger on what exactly it is.

Jake - I will bring you the book tomorrow so you have something to read on the plane :)

From Rob on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 15:52:31 from

He's one very angry hippie.

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