Rob Murphy

August 07, 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: 41.85 Month: 50.10 Year: 1556.54
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Best Buy loop plus a little extra. Starting to be a little concerned about the general sluggishness and lethargy I'm feeling.

Most everything else is going well. Had a really good day today at my job (public schoolteaching, or "glorified babysitting" as Sasha Pachev calls it). Taking a little detour for a couple days from the normal curriculum to teach the kids about 9/11. They were six when it happened and have almost no memories. Wierd.

The kids responded to the lesson really well and were quite moved by the events of that day. Made me feel good.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Steve on Thu, Sep 08, 2011 at 20:30:38 from

Rob, I love my kids teachers. I talk to them and email them weekly. I consider what they do the most important thing in my kids lives besides what they learn at home. It's the best job in the world and there's a lot of parents out there who appreciate what you give their kids.

And I'm with you on the sluggishness. I'm pretty much taking a few weeks off..

From allie on Thu, Sep 08, 2011 at 21:10:32 from

food poisoning can take a lot out of you. the last time i experienced that i was lethargic for a good week. not fun. i hope your energy comes around soon.

about teachers: it's a noble profession, and i have a tremendous amount of respect for what you do. all of the time and energy you put in for these kids (most of it unseen and unrecognized), is truly making a difference in their lives. i come from a family of teachers (grandmother, mother, uncles, sister, etc.) and i have seen firsthand just how much it dedication it requires.

i think it's great you are taking the time to teach your students more about what happened on 9/11. it is weird to think that most of them have very little to no recollection of that day. i'm sure it's super interesting to them.

From Jake K on Thu, Sep 08, 2011 at 21:13:47 from

Rob - my high school AP Global Studies teacher was seriously my best friend in high school... and not just b/c he was my XC coach too! I learned a ton from him... not just school stuff but also about being a well rounded person. Anyways on 9/11 (my senior year of high school) we had a meet scheduled that afternoon. It was a tough call for him, but he decided to go ahead and hold the meet (reasoning that it was better for kids to come to the meet and be together w/ their peers after school, rather than go home alone and zone out in front of the news). I was inspired by what I thought was a gutsy call on his part, and ended up breaking our home course record that day. Thought you might find that interesting.

We need to meetup for a run! I am going long on Saturday and I know you are running Peruvian, but if an easy 12-13 is on your agenda for Sunday, let me know.

From Rob Murphy on Fri, Sep 09, 2011 at 10:41:55 from

Jeez, thanks guys! You make us sound like Mother Theresa or something.

From Steve on Fri, Sep 09, 2011 at 13:18:25 from

:-) BTW, have you checked out the article on the RTRTR in the runners world?

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