Rob Murphy

Deseret News 10k

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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: 0.00 Month: 45.25 Year: 1253.17
Race: Deseret News 10k (6.23 Miles) 00:34:36, Place overall: 50, Place in age division: 1
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Well, I have to be thrilled with this race all things considered. Most importantly, I felt no pain in the achilles for the entire race. Although it did ache a little on my jog afterwards.

Arrived at Research Park on the University of Utah campus at 5:20 am for the 6:00 start. I saw Steve Anderson at the start. He's been battling an achilles injury as well so we had lots to talk about. Normally when I see Steve at the start I know I'm racing for second in the masters division and this race seemed no different as he got out quick. Despite my 5:03 opening mile, I couldn't see him. I didn't see any other obvious Masters guys around me, so I assumned I was second. At around the 4 mile mark, I passed Steve walking with a limp down South Temple. Bummer - I don't want to beat him that way! I gave him a slap on the back as I passed. Unbelievably, Steve caught back up with me and passed me around mile 5. But then he had to walk again and I ended up beating him by 20   seconds I think. He's one tough cookie.

Anyway, I was happy with the time. Due to the downhill nature of the first 4 miles, this race really can't be compared to a flat 10k. However, it's the 8th time I've run it and today was a course PR for me which is encouraging as I haven't been running.

Splits: 5:03, 5:15, 5:38, 5:31, 5:39, 7:26 for the last 1.23 which is 6:05 pace.

I was really feeling a lack of fitness the last mile.

The awards were really lame. Just generic medals with no inscription. Also, they felt the need to dispense with any sort of awards ceremony this year. You just showed up at a table and picked up your "award". Such a difference compared to my last race, the Utah Valley Marathon, where they go out of their way to recognize and honor your effort.

I waited around for the marathon finish and ran the last half mile of the course with Steve Ashbaker from the blog and Mark Palamar from New Port Richey Florida who is also a regular here on the blog. Mark ran an impressive 3:10 - not bad for  sea level flatlander. He  had a nice, strong stride the last mile and I'm sure he will crack 3 hours soon. It was great to see lots of folks from the blog.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From baldnspicy on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 11:58:44 from

Congratulations, Rob! Glad you're feeling better. I'm bummed I didn't get to run with you guys in UT, but maybe next time. Thanks for the invite, though!

From Fritz on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 15:17:42 from

Nice job on a course PR. Glad to see you are back racing.

From Scott Ensign on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 19:35:41 from

nice job Rob, and glad that achilles is holding up.

From allie on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 22:11:31 from

so glad that you didn't have achilles trouble so that you could get out and race. nice job today.

From Teena Marie on Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 00:25:24 from


Dang -- are you sure you have been injured??? :)

Hope the achilles is feeling well tonight.

Huge congrats!!! :)

From Smooth on Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 16:05:58 from

CONGRATZ on a course PR!

Man, you are FAST! That's an understatement! AWESOME race!

From Mark on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 00:09:52 from

Very impressive course PR and coming off the Achilles injury! I can't thank you enough for the course tour and the running in on the last half mile. Looking forward to seeing you at the Turkey Trot. I need to get my race report up soon (not very fast typing on an iphone)

From RivertonPaul on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:09:52 from

Nice job, especially considering the impact of the injury on your training.

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 12:09:37 from

Thanks a lot everyone. I really do appreciate all the support and encouragement. This blog is such a big help to my running.

From Steve on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 00:05:53 from

Sweet race! I have not had time to blog anything for a bit. I missed you after the race as I was trying to walk that one off going back up the course. Looks like I'm done for a few months, no way to fight this one. Made me smile when you passed me, I thought dang, he's going to check that one off his goal so I tried to catch you.

The awards have always been lame at that race. Did you take the masters?

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 11:47:14 from

Steve - Yeah, I won the masters. Please take care of yourself. I really do believe that you can be a national class runner if you are smart and play your cards right.You should record your swimming and other cross training on the blog. It helps with the motivation I think.

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