Rob Murphy

Minuteman 5k

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Salt Lake City,Ut,

Member Since:

Feb 11, 2010



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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: 24.25 Month: 52.50 Year: 1337.42
Race: Minuteman 5k (2.86 Miles) 00:16:27, Place overall: 14, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

I had a great time today at the Minuteman 5k. Everything was great with the exception of the race itself. Since this was a USATF circuit race with a decent amount of prize money, all the fast guys in Utah showed up, at least in the Masters division - Dennis Simonaitis, Steve Anderson, Neal Gassman, Bill Cobler, John Erickson -jeez, doesn't anybody ever take a vacation?

As you can see above, the race turned out to be substantially short. Apparently the police motorcycle pacer didn't know the course and took a wrong turn.With my current lack of 5k fitness I would have been better off had he added distance.

Anyway, from the beginning I could tell by my breathing that the fitness just wasn't there. I ran with Steve and Neal for the first mile which

 I hit in 5:36. Steve pulled ahead on mile 2 and I tucked in behind Neal. I have never beat Neal in a 5k, so I figured this was a sound strategy. Neal ran a 14:08 5000 at the University of Illinois back in the 80s which is one or two seconds faster than me. Those who know me know that was a lie - about me, not Neal. It was on the second mile that the course SNAFU occured, but I hit my Garmin on the real two mile which was 11:12. A 5:38 mile, not bad. Still running right off Neal's shoulder.

"Mile" three (actually .86) was where disaster struck. Stephanie Talley caught me. She's one of the best local women and the wife of Corbin Talley, one of my high school coaching rivals at Davis High School. We turned onto the last half mile back towards the stadium for the finish, which was all uphill and I just mentally lost it. I just stuck with Stephanie into the finish. Covered the last .86 in  5:14 which is 6:07 pace! Finished in 16:27. Would have run 17:50 for the full 5k. I ran 18:03 in this race last year. That's something I suppose.

Of course Dennis (the best 45-49 guy in the U.S.) beat me as well as Steve. Neal got me by about 10 seconds. If I hadn't been such a pogue I could have hung with Neal.So I finished second in my age group and 4th in the masters division.

Tho dog tag medals were cool, all the Utah National Guard rock climbing stuff, helocopters, 155 mm Howitzers etc. were cool for the kids. Lots of good food and good conversation at the finish. Steve Anderson, who is a pilot for Frontier Airlines, had to jet off to Mexico almost as soon as the race finished, but his achilles seems better judging by the 5:08 pace he averaged.

Heading out now for an additional 10 to 15 miles.

PM: OK, I erased a little of the shame from this morning. Not so much for my time, but for my refusal to compete with more intensity. 10 miles in 1:12:16 (7:14)

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From allie on Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 16:50:23 from

ah, so it was motorcycle man's fault? i just thought the leaders were confused. i was confused. i am still confused.

great job on the race and beating your time from last year. tough course.

From Scott Ensign on Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 17:50:27 from

nice run and fun report. I will add this to my schedule for next year!! good job.

From Bret on Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 18:14:52 from

Nice report and great job Rob. With the interuption in your training due to your achillies injury and (old age and everything) if you are still improving year over year, you are doing very well.

Adding 10 miles later ... impressive.

From Smooth on Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 19:40:48 from

GREAT race and report! Looks like a *who's who race of fame* event! It's a shame the motorcycle guy misguided the course! Nevertheless, AWESOME performance!

From Teena Marie on Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 22:19:55 from

I'm sure there were many saying, "Dang, why doesn't that blasted Rob Murphy take a vacation?!?!?"

Impressive! (Especially taking all factors into consideration.)

Congrats! :)

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 22:36:05 from

Thanks Teena Marie, but I took most of June and July off. Maybe some of my faster competition could return the favor?

Seriously, I really enjoy the competition with the other over 40 geezers. And the friendship too.

From jtshad on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 12:10:56 from

Great job! You are hanging tough with the big boys. Nice race, too bad it was so short.

From Glory in the long run on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 17:05:19 from

40 personal bests this year? I don't think you can get down on yourself, you've had an incredible breakout year, to maintain into next year would be phenomenal and then you can improve the year after that. Believe me, I hate how much of a long view you have to take with running but you've got to glory in your accomplishments.

From Steve on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 18:21:07 from

Not quite better Rob, but getting there. That sure was nice to run without worrying about it. Seriously, I don't think I could run 10 at that pace you did on the PM.

From Mark on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 13:26:41 from

Wow! Impressive time, sorry to hear that they shorted the course by accident.

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