Rob Murphy

Austin 3M Half Marathon

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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: 17.30 Month: 25.55 Year: 1531.99
Race: Austin 3M Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:17:03, Place overall: 37, Place in age division: 6
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Let me get the excuses out of the way first.

1. Hot - 75 degrees for the 6:45 am start.

2. Humid and raining.

3. Headwind the entire way.

 4. New eco friendly racing flats suck - no traction on wet, slippery roads, slipping on every stride push-off for 13 miles.

5. Less than 2 hours sleep.

The conditions were really less than ideal. All of the times across the board were about 3 minutes off of last year. So even though I didn't reach my goal of 1:14 or so, I'm really happy with my overall finish in the masters field which brought in a lot of top runners from all over the country. Not me though - I brought myself in.

 Two things I'm happy with - my 10k split of 35:50 ain't bad for January, and my last mile in 5:40. Not happy with my attitude in the middle miles. Lacked intensity and was generally apathetic and was mostly letting my mind dwell on the difficult conditions and poor footing. All things considered though, I think I'm ahead of where I was last year and can maybe shoot for a 1:14 at the Salt Lake Half.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From steve ash on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 12:25:14 from

Rob, You did great.. I think this race will only set you up for the next one to be better. This was a good one to blow the carbon out of the valves so to speak. And like you said times were off by 3 minutes last year so it's all relative in that case right?

From Bret on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 12:26:06 from

Nice job Rob. I was looking at the weather conditions last night and was hoping that it would not be raining. There is a conversion table that Jack Daniels has for temps over 60 degrees so I would view that as a good result under the conditions.

From Teena Marie on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 15:04:58 from

On accounts 1 thru 5 -- that stinks!

With that said, you did AWESOME! 5:40 for your last mile???? DANG! You are amazing. Seriously, congrats! Lots to be happy about.

You are going to have a GREAT year! :)

From Bret on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 15:15:18 from

I meant to include that the Daniel's temperature conversion would have you at 1:15:19 - (60 degrees vs. 75 degress). So there ya go...:)

From jtshad on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 17:11:01 from

Good run in tough conditions! Great start to the racing year!

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 17:41:11 from

Thanks a lot Steve. I'm feeling a little better about the race now.

Bret - I'm going to change the time at the top of this post to reflect the daniel's conversion.

Heading to the airport now. It's 80 and sunny now here in Austin. Looks like snow and 18 tomorrow morning in Salt Lake.

From allie on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 19:21:59 from

rob - great race. sorry about the conditions and the lack of friendliness from the eco friendly shoes. but you still ran a strong race and it's a great start to the year.

safe travels back to utah. hold on to that austin sunshine. we need it here.

From Scott Ensign on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 20:11:41 from

nice job in adverse conditions in the off season. I am betting you have 1:14 in you at SLC half for sure. well done.

From Jon on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 20:55:43 from

Given all those conditions, it sounds like you did pretty well. And we know you'll do better in the future, too.

From dugco on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 09:30:07 from

I'm pretty sure theres a conversion factor for nobility in shoe selection as well, so lets just go with 1:13.87 - great job!

From Wesley Hunt on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:28:04 from

Brutal conditions...fighting through that will make you even stronger as you move into the heart of your racing season. Very impressive finish my man.

From Rob on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:43:26 from

Good job Rob, my 1/2, 2 weeks ago had perfect conditions and I was 3 minutes off of my goal time. 3 minutes is easy to loose in rough conditions.

From Fritz on Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 22:51:37 from

Nice job Rob. 2 hours of sleep can't be ideal and the weather looked rough. Solid last mile.

From Mark on Sun, Feb 06, 2011 at 17:14:38 from

Great job Rob! Sounds like the odds were against you, still an amazing time. Congrats on the high placing, too.

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