Rob Murphy

SLTC Winter 15k

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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: 17.30 Month: 25.55 Year: 1531.99
Race: SLTC Winter 15k (9.32 Miles) 00:54:50, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 2
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Wrapped up the Salt Lake Track Club Winter Series today with the 15k. When I went to bed last night I was doubtful that I would run today. Lots of snow and very windy and I didn't want to race if it wasn't possible to get a quality time that I could compare to previous efforts. When I woke up this morning it was still snowing but the wind had calmed down quite a bit.

Met Steve Anderson at the start and warmed up with him. Also saw Dennis Simonaitis once again so it was a loaded masters field. OK, the race...

My time was 54:50 which was 29 seconds faster than last year with this years race being run in vastly inferior conditions. The course is out and back and there was a strong headwind the first half and I was, as usual, all alone. I was pretty fired up about having the wind at my back for the last half of the race though. But when I hit the turn-around I was bummed to discover that it was more of a right to left crosswind. Oh well.

Splits: 5:46, 5:54, 5:56, 5:52, 5:54, 5:59, 5:58, 5:51, 5:53, 1:47 (5:36 pace).

Enjoyed a nice 4 mile jog after with Dennis and Bill Cobler. Always nice to talk shop with a guy like Dennis. The snow and wind really picked up during our cool down jog and, as bad as the conditions were during the race, we were all happy that the race didn't start an hour later when it would have been way worse! 

Times for the last 3 years in this race:

2009 - 56:48

2010 - 55:19

2011 - 54:50

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Smooth on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 15:39:59 from

CONGRATULATIONS!!! GREAT RACE!!! You're getting faster as you *aged*!!! SO very AWESOME!!! NICE wrap up for the SLTC winter series! :)

From steve ash on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 15:45:05 from

Nice race Rob especially with that wind and muck! What are you racing next?

From Wesley Hunt on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 15:53:47 from

Really nice effort given those conditions, Rob. And a strong finish to best last year's time. Great work.


From Bret on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 15:54:21 from

Nice race Rob - excellent improvement over the last 3 years - and as you said with inferior conditions - gives hope to us old guys!

From Rob on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 16:30:48 from

Nice job Rob. 15K Humm, Cool distance I'll have to try it sometime.

From Laputka on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 19:49:13 from

If you would have stayed in bed I'd be proudly sitting here with a 3rd place ribbon! On you cool down did you convince Dennis to stay home next year? That would help all of us out. I saw you but didn't really have a good opportunity to introduce myself. Did you go home after your cool down?

Congratulations on your race.

From Jon on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 08:24:45 from

Excellent job, Rob.

From Burt on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 11:24:06 from

Nice consistent miles! The first one was a tad bit faster than the rest, but then, isn't it always? Great job!

From jtshad on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 19:36:12 from

Nice race Rob, continuing to run well. Looking good for the meet in Albuquerque!

From Steve on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 08:19:56 from

Nice run Rob, sorry I was too frozen to run with you guys after. I don't think I warmed up for three hours. I know I wouldn't have done that race without getting the chance to run with you again. Thanks

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