Rob Murphy

Alta Peruvian 8k

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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: 11.75 Month: 64.50 Year: 1177.31
Race: Alta Peruvian 8k (5.04 Miles) 00:24:44, Place overall: 6, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

I had a great time at the Alta Peruvian Downhill Dash and Bar-B-Q Bash.Woke up this morning feeling like I ran a marathon instead of an 8k. As usual, we had a great time afterwards socializing with the rest of the runners who were staying over night at the lodge.

We met Steve Anderson and his two daughters who are the same age as my kids. Ann watched the kids as Steve and I raced. "Your dad is faster than our dad", my daughter Abby said to Steve's kids as we passed them on the side of the road at the first mile. Ouch! Here are my splits as they popped up on my Garmin...

1.02 - 4:47 (Steve ran a 4:32 I think - what can you do?)

.99 - 5:01

.98 - 4:58

.98 - 5:06

1.07 - 4:42

I was hitting the split button every time I hit a mile marker and then at the finish. I attribute all the .98's to my efficiency at hitting the tangents on the way down the mountain. I'm pretty psyched about the 4:42 for the final 1.07. Although I can't say I was at the time. I was actually hoping to sort of cruise the last mile, but the races first woman was closing fast. She forced me to suffer greatly the last mile to beat her. Finished 6th just like last year and second to Steve in the Masters division just like last year. Won a free night this ski season at the Peruvian along with dinner and breakfast plus $100.00. Pretty cool.

This morning (Sunday) we went for a couple mile hike through Albion Basin to Cecret Lake with Steve and his family. Lots of fun. Did some rock climbing along the way and tried unsuccesfully to keep the kids, especially Andy, from falling into the lake. Didn't check out of the Peruvian until around noon today.

I never can figure out why only about a hundred people do this race. Probably the downhill pounding that reduces your quads to mush.Everything about the race is first rate though - it's so much more than just another road race.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From dugco on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 16:52:25 from

Cool - sounds like my kinda race... well the Bar-B-Que and downhill aspects anyway. Nice job with the Garmin accuracy. Oh, and the running as well.

Major bummer on the car wreck - I'm thinking 16 years is a good run for any vehicle though.

From Teena Marie on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 16:59:53 from

Abby's comment has me laughing big time!!! SO FUNNY!!!!

DANG!!! That is sickening fast!!!

Congrats on another amazing race, cool prize and money.

Enjoy your Sunday. :)

From Seth on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 21:36:01 from

That's crazy fast, even for a downhill course! I was at Snowbird on Saturday, and was wondering what the finish line was for.

From Jon on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 22:41:57 from

Dude, just a crazy fast race. Fun times.

From jtshad on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 08:31:30 from

Wow, you did great. Congrats on a fast time and a fun family trip. I wish we could have been there with you and Steve and your families, we will have to plan a running get together some other time.

From RivertonPaul on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 11:26:33 from

Nice job, I ditto the crazy fast awe.

From baldnspicy on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 20:29:06 from

You're one speedy "old" guy! (I won't be a "Master" for another couple weeks so I can say that.) Looks like you guys provided the fire for the BBQ!

From Bret on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 09:46:26 from

Great race report Rob. The event sounds really enjoyable. Certainly surprising that it is not more popular with all it has to offer. Looks like you may have gone a bit faster than last year.

From Smooth on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 15:29:14 from

WOW! What a great race and fun time with family! CONGRATS on winning the cool prizes! Yes, Abbie is right...and check out those PERFECT tangents! :)

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