Rob Murphy

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Location:

Salt Lake City,Ut,

Member Since:

Feb 11, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

I had some success in high school and college.

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.

Personal:

I teach AP U.S. History and other courses at Alta High School. I also coach the track and cross country teams at Alta.

Married, two kids - Abby and Andy

My Twitter  @murphy_rob

Miles:This week: 14.40 Month: 165.60 Year: 829.68
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
52.250.000.000.0052.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

AM: Walk/jogged to the gym and back on maybe the most beautiful morning of the year. Lifted pretty hard at the gym along with some core exercises and plyos. Did some lunges which I'm sure to regret tomorrow. Nothing makes me more sore than lunges. Probably because I don't do them enough - I think you need to do them all the time or not at all.

 I'm going to try to get in a longish trail run up in Park City this afternoon but Vacation Bible School starts at church at 4 PM so I'll be a little pressed for time.

I was reading the Tribune this morning and I found myself getting really annoyed at the new "Fit & Active" section they have on Sunday's. I had high hopes for this section a few months ago, but it's been a huge disappointment. It's mostly aimed at helping sedentary/obese people become a little less sedentary and obese. Why does everything have to be aimed at the lowest common denominator? 

PM: Pretty great run. Ann and the kids dropped me off at the Jeremy Ranch Road. I did the 7.25 miles to the end of the dirt road then I turned left at the paved road towards Big Mountain. It's 5.5 miles from the end of the dirt road to the top of Big Mountain and it's unrelenting uphill the whole way. But I wimped out and bailed on the run after 10 miles. A pretty hard 10 miles though.

It would be about 13 miles from the Jeremy Ranch trailhead to the top of Big Mountain. I think there is a trail running option that follows the old Mormon/Pony Express trails to the top of Big Mountain that begins at Mormon Flats. Lots of undiscovered options up there.

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One easy mile warming up and setting up cones for cross country practice in the gully. I'm sore everywhere from the lifting and hardish running yesterday. Might take the rest of the day off.

Close to fifty kids showed up for the first day of practice. Not bad at all and they seemed excited and ready to go. 

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9.5 miles on the treadmill averaging 8 mph. Got it up to 9 mph for a while. Beautiful day, but I'm being cautious with the foot before the trail run up at Alta tomorrow.

I finished Scott Jurek's book. I'll have to write a review soon.

 

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My review of Eat & Run by Scott Jurek.  

I am predisposed to like Scott Jurek. To begin with, he's from Minnesota and I generally like Minnesotans. My wife is from the same area of Minnesota, I got married there and lived there for a couple years. Secondly, he's a very sincere guy who genuinely wants to better himself and make the world a better place. Third, he's a Wendell Berry fan and anyone who likes Wendell Berry is high up on my list of people I like. Fourth, even though he's a preachy (he tries not to be but is anyway) vegan, he still drinks beer. Finally, he was always a good son to his mother who was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis for most of his life. That counts for a lot.

So I couldn't wait to read this book for the obvious reason - he's won about twenty-five 100 plus mile races and this is obviously someone I can learn a thing or two about running from. I also felt like, based on other things I had read about him, that he was a genuinely thoughtful person who has acquired a bit of wisdom along the way. I found that to be mostly true. The problem is, it takes a certain amount of time to become wise. Most folks in their twenties have very little wisdom. Their job is basically to shut up and look good. Most people (like Jurek) have  acquired some wisdom as they approach forty. The problem is, they often confuse their little bit of wisdom with a lot of wisdom. But I give Scott credit for trying and he really works hard to reach for the deeper meaning in things.

OK, some things I liked about the book...

1. The recipes. And it didn't bother me at all that they were sprinkled through the text rather than all lumped together at the end. I think he wanted drive home the idea that eating a certain way is central to his life and not an afterthought. We Americans tend to regard food and the whole eating experience purely in functional terms. We have to cram in the calories. We always eat on the run, eat in our cars, at our desks. Food is purely fuel. I think Scott looks at it the way a lot of Europeans do - as a part of a life well lived and deserving of a lot of care and reflection.

2. The race descriptions. He is one intense competitor. Anyone who can run a 65 minute 15k from like mile 85 to 95 of Western States blows me away. I have to admit that as I approach my first trail ultra in December, I'm more fired up than ever now. A little more humble and terrified too.

3. His description of his friendship with his friend and pacer, Dusty Olson. This would be a book in itself and it makes you think about all the things that go into success at the highest level, in any endeavor, beyond pure talent. 

In short, Eat and Run was well worth my time. I found it to be much better than most running biographies I've read including Alberto Salazar's recent effort.

Y'all should read it. 

P.S. After reading this back to myself, I think I might write another one where I just make fun of vegans. It would be satisfying to pass Jurek about 80 miles into, say the Hardrock 100, knawing on a turkey leg. 

AM: Washed and vacuumed car, mowed lawn and trimmed bushed, Jogged to the gym and back and lifted weights. 

Medium-long trail run up at Alta Ski Area at 6 PM with the Alta XC team for anyone who wants to come.

PM: Did me an eleven mile trail run up at Alta. Only had to run through a couple small snowdrifts. 

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Just about four miles of walking this morning at cross country practice at Sugarhouse Park. My runners are really working hard this week and have a great attitude.

We are heading to Colorado today for my sister's wedding this weekend. 

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Eleven miles from Frisco, Colorado up to a place called "Officer's Gulch" and back. Uphill for 5.5, downhill for 5.5.

I'll have to look it up, but it feels like we are up around ten thousand feet. 8:30 was difficult on the uphills. 

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6.250.000.000.006.25

Nice, easy run around my sister's neighborhood in Larkspur, Co.

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52.250.000.000.0052.25
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