Rob Murphy

March 22, 2019

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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: 21.25 Month: 131.60 Year: 383.60
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: 8.5 miles on the Pipeline. Started in the dark at 6 am.

Here's a thought. I pulled my copy of The Complete Book of Running by Jim Fixx off the shelf and began skimming this evening. I got it for Christmas, 1979 when I was a freshman in high school. It's pretty surprising how much of the information is still solid today. What really got me thinking though was the tone of the book. Fixx wrote it in the early years of the first running boom of the 1970s and his own life was transformed by the sport along with millions of others. There's this general tone of optimism and excitement like the human race has just discovered something transformative after thousands of years of civilization - peole should get outside and run. I remember the excitement of those years and the energy you felt at every local 5k or 10k.

When was the last time something like that happened? A mass movement that prompted millions of people to embark on something new and positive?

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From steve ash on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 at 20:15:55 from

Great post Rob!

I know my life changed for the better after reading it..

From allie on Fri, Aug 03, 2018 at 18:13:29 from

mannequin challenge

From allie on Fri, Aug 03, 2018 at 18:20:23 from

seriously though, i liked this. the past few years have been very up and down for me motivation-wise, which sometimes makes running hard. but the thing is, regardless of how lousy i might feel on any given day, running is always the good part. a good run never lets you down. but y'all already figured that out in the 70s! :) now we have to keep it alive thru at least the 4000s

From Nora Jo on Sat, Aug 04, 2018 at 09:58:37 from

I totally agree that running is transforming and leads to optimism. Since being sidelined so much this year, I have stayed busy with many forms of exercise. I just don't experience the same endorphin release as I do with running. Also, there is something unique about the running community. I am friends with elite and novice runners. No one seems to have an ego with this sport. I don't find that necessarily true with other sports.

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