Rob Murphy

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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
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I really enjoyed my run today. Did 8.75 miles in about 65 minutes. Just a nice bread and butter mental health run.

I did a lot of thinking about where I'm going with this sport and whether I need to do some re-prioritizing. Is that a word? I want to continue to find ways to improve but I don't want to sacrifice the joy I get from running. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From allie on Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 15:31:15 from

you can make anything a word if you add a hyphen. it's called creating-a-word-by-using-a-hyphen.

nice mental health run. good luck finding the right balance.

From Jon on Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 21:17:39 from

Try some trail races. More enjoyable, and a lot less pressure to get a certain time, since you are slower than on road and can't compare course-to-course.

From steve ash on Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 00:50:37 from

Well, thoughtfully ask yourself this.. Why do I want to improve?

Bill Bowerman in the movie "Without Limits" asked his team this; If you can find meaning in running, than you can also find meaning in another absurd pastime. Life..

Does your desire to improve give you something to look forward to everyday? Or does it put you on a never ending treadmill that exhausts you both mentally and spiritually. If the latter instead of the former then yes it's time to examine and reflect. If the former, then you have miles to go before you sleep.

Hope that helps somehow.

From Rob on Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 10:34:41 from

I find myself almost daily lately asking myself what the heck I'm trying to accomplish. 2 years ago when I started running seriously it was easy to stay motivated, I was seeing results almost daily, I was loosing weight and getting faster exponentially.

I wouldn't say I have plateaued (yeah I looked it up) but it sure is harder to focus when I'm not sure what the ultimate goal is any more.

From Rob Murphy on Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 10:55:58 from

These are all good thoughts guys. This sport has been so good for me and I have so many good friends and experiences from it. I guess I want to make sure it stays that way.

I've been having a great email back-and-forth with Steve Anderson, who was down in Austin with me. We were both fairly disappointed with the experience. Quite a few of the top masters runners we were racing with were complete A-holes. We've been talking about how we could have stayed here in Utah and run the SLTC Winter Series 5k and still had great competition with Andrew Ledwith, Jamal Tongo, Dennis Simonaitis, and Fritz. Not an A-hole in the bunch.

It just has us thinking about where we are going with the sport and why.

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