Rob Murphy

Park City Trail Series "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: 11.75 Month: 64.50 Year: 1177.31
Race: Park City Trail Series "10K" (6.5 Miles) 00:43:15, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
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Where to start with this race? Expensive ($40.00 for a local 10K), no POPs so we all had to cram into the park restroom with one stall and no toilet paper, 6.5 miles for the 10K, an awards ceremony 90 minutes after the race, lame age divisions, I was 40-49, and no Masters awards, my award was a pair of socks that won't fit me.

On the plus side, the race organizers, mostly women, tried to mask their incompetence with enthusiasm , good intentions, and cuteness and almost pulled it off, THE COURSE WAS GREAT and well marked and I had a lot of fun racing it, nice pint beer glass instead of another t-shirt I don't need, great location.

The winning time was in the high 39 minute range. The three guys that beat me were 26, 27, and 17. I had a pretty good race with the kid for most of the way - I closed with him on every uphill and he cruised away from me on all the downs. I thought I'd get him in the end but the last quarter mile was downhill and he was faster than me.

Harder course than advertised, some fun downhill switchbacks and lots of uphill and a fair amount of singletrack. I felt like I was flying on the downhills but I'd look at my Garmin and it would be like 6:15 pace. I was breathing harder than my last two races and was actually racing pretty hard despite the time. All in all a fun race and a good workout.

I had to get up and out the door pretty early this morning for this one. Abby woke up early and said she wanted to come with me which was fun. She warmed up with me and was cheering for me at the finish. No extra miles in after the race though because I was hanging out with her and petting all the dogs at the park.

Might bring me in at over 30 miles for the week with three 10K's in the last eight days.

 PM: Two easy miles, weights and iron pumping activities.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Fritz on Sat, Jul 07, 2012 at 12:42:54 from

Nice job Rob. That's three great races in a row and one was on a TRAIL! I thought you were going to wait to debut at the NF50.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jul 07, 2012 at 13:42:50 from

Thanks Fritz. Just trying to have fun with my running now. It's working I think.

From Cody on Sat, Jul 07, 2012 at 13:49:31 from

Nice race! Trails = fun! You are on the right track!

From Rob on Sat, Jul 07, 2012 at 14:22:30 from

I really wish I could have gotten some shorter distance trail race in before my 50. It would have made a huge difference. Nice job hangin' with the youngsters, you get lots of practice with that too though.

From Jake K on Sat, Jul 07, 2012 at 16:23:10 from

Nice job Mr 10K. I was barely breaking 6:00 pace on those downhill sections last year, so you were running them about as good as you really can.

The 15k last year was only 9 miles, so maybe they decided to add a little to the 10k to make up for it.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jul 07, 2012 at 17:07:45 from

Cody - You have to start somewhere right? Baby steps!

Jake - At least I was mentally prepared for it having jogged some of the course for a warm-up. I discovered that 6 to 6.2 was something like .43

From Steve on Sat, Jul 07, 2012 at 20:16:36 from

You are showing some toughness this summer. About time.

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