Rob Murphy

Hobbler 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: Hobbler Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:16:06, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 2
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This course, for me at least, was not as fast as I expected. Yes, there was quite a net downhill but there were plenty of uphills at altitude mixed in. Definitely a course you have to muscle through more than a rhythm course.So here's the story...

Mile 1 - 5:17

Mile 2 - 5:38

Mile 3 - 5:39

Mile 4 - 5:46

Mile 5 - 5:36

Mile 6 - 5:47

Mile 7 - 5:45

Mile 8 - 5:47

Mile 9 - 5:46

Mile 10 - 5:39

Mile 11 - 5:58 (trouble on the horizon)

Mile 12 - 5:53 ( A for effort, keeping it together sort of)

Mile 13 (prepare to laugh) - 6:40 (total crash and burn)

What to say about this last mile? It was hot. I was tired. No one ahead of me I could hope to catch. No one behind me who was going to catch me. So I gave in to the pain and let a wave of wimpiness roll over me.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From JD on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 at 15:01:52 from

With a 5:49 avg. it's more like you rode that wave of wimpiness all the way to the beach!

But mainly I wanted to say thanks for sharing that bumper sticker quote on your blog yesterday. Lol!

From Bret on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 at 15:16:03 from

Hey - nice work all the same Rob - really smoked through the first 10. Hard to get motivated with no one to catch and no one catching you if you are feeling the heat. I am sure if you had someone to catch or you were hearing footsteps you'd have turned on the competitor mode.

From Smooth on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 at 16:50:11 from

GREAT JOB Rob! I ditto Bret! Chalk it up as a nice workout for ya since there was no one to race with that last mile! :)

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 at 18:03:11 from

Thanks guys, but I was there. It was wimpiness.

From Holt on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 at 18:26:16 from


at least it was only a mile of it!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 at 18:30:36 from

That's exactly what I was thinking Dave. It would have been a great day for a 12 miler!

From Seth on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 at 20:27:06 from

Nice run! Sub 6:00 miles till the end is still cruisin and a solid workout I'd say.

From MichelleL on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 at 20:39:13 from

Yeah that mile 13 is a sucker punch. It got me too, but it looks like I chicked you for that one mile :D Not to pour salt in. On the bright side, I loved your metaphor of the wave of wimpiness. Laughed for the wittiness, not the split. There are times we all feel that way.

From Teena Marie on Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 12:49:53 from

I love your brutal honesty!!! :)

Congrats on another amazing race and placing!!!

Let me know if you ever find the bumper sticker!! :) :) :)

From Tom Slick on Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 13:28:39 from

Wow Rob, I surly hope that I can whimp out with some great splits like you turned in on this race!!!! Way to put in a great race together!!!!! Now it's time to concentrate on the Des News Mary!!!

From Jon on Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 18:17:51 from

Man, you can wimp out much better than that. Next time I expect a 7:40, at least.

From Steve on Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 14:01:33 from

Nice race Rob, hope you get some running in in New York

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