Rob Murphy

Deseret News "10k"

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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. 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.

Personal:

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: 15.55 Month: 85.65 Year: 1592.09
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47.750.006.000.0053.75
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

Easy trail run in Colorado this morning before heading home. Wanted to go a bit longer but I didn't get started early enough. Great run though.

Good to be home. 

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A great new Dos Equis "most interesting man in the world" commercial I saw today...

"His small talk has been known to alter foreign policy"

"He once ran a marathon because it was on his way"

"Sasquatch takes pictures of him"

Stay thirsty my friends! 

Good gully run with my boys - 7.25 miles in 55:30. 

I'm kind of agonizing over whether to run Des News or not. Of course the marathon is out of the question since I only average about 40 miles/week these days and I weigh 155 pounds. If I run the 10k I could probably win$250 since most of the fast guys are running the marathon.

 Then there's the streak. I ran my first Des News in 2002, three weeks after I moved to Utah and haven't missed one since. I've also won the masters division in either the marathon or the 10k six out of the last seven years - partly because I run whatever race Steve Anderson isn't running, but still...

OK, I did it signed up for the 10K. I'm really not sure if my legs are ready for those downhills but I'm going to gulp some vitamin I and go for it. 

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Race: Deseret News "10k" (5.91 Miles) 00:33:20, Place overall: 53, Place in age division: 2
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Today I set a PR for 5.9 miles as I was part of a large group of runners that took a shortcut. I knew we were following the marathon route and not the 10k route but since everyone in front of me was going the wrong way, I thought what the heck.

I won my age group and finished second behind Walter in the masters race. Came through 5k in 17:00.I'm not unhappy with this considering my lack of running, zero quality running, and excess of abdominal flab.

What I love about this race is the huge number of high school kids that run. They all go out too fast and it gives you a lot of people to pass the last few miles. Better than being passed.

Why are there hundreds of people these days running 10k's who dress like they're running the Hardrock 100 or something? How much fluid and calories does one need to ingest during a 10k?

After the race I walked back along the marathon course and ran some with Fritz (1st), Sasha (3rd), and Steve Anderson (4th) as they finished the marathon. Awesome showing for this here blog.

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I just learned that Ryan Hall and I are both 5' 10" tall but that he weighs 134 pounds while I weigh 154 pounds.

I wonder if that is significant? 

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AM: Three mile walk around Sugarhouse Park during cross country practice. Legs still sore from the race Tuesday. I'm not as young as some people on this blog or as tough as others.

I'm going to share a simple experience I had today in order to make a semi-profound point. One of the annoying facts about moving to a new town is finding a decent place to get your hair cut. When I lived in South Carolina I went to the McAallister Square Barber Shop for most of fifteen years and the same guy cut my hair the whole time. It was what a man's barber shop is supposed to look like. Barber pole out front, chairs that were from the 1930s or so, plastic combs and Vitalis for sale by the cash register, a baseball or football game on the TV, lots of sports talk. Most importantly, no women, either cutting hair or as customers.

When I moved to Utah in 2002 I took the path of least resistance one day and went to a Supercuts. Big mistake! Problem is I got sucked into it out of convenience - they are everywhere, you don't need an appointment, and it's quick. So for ten years that's what I've been doing. Sometimes I end up with a decent haircut, but generally not.

So I needed to get my haircut today and I was thinking about how I actually used to look forward to getting my hair cut going all the way back to when I was kid with my dad. So while I was at cross country practice this morning I decided that when I got home I would google "best barber shop in Salt Lake" and go there.

So I ended up at Ray's Barbershop on 21st South and it was everything I was looking for. Excellent haircut, lots of autographed Jazz and Ute jerseys on the wall along with framed black and white photos going back years. Extra touches like actually shaving the back of your neck with hot lather and a straight razor, eyebrow trim (important when you get over 40!), and the old school shoulder rub at the end. And no women in sight. I remember back in the 70s and 80s when "unisex" styling salons became popular. It seems to me that "unisex" simply meant that the men were now going to start looking more like women. Probably acting more like women too as the atmosphere of these places is noticeably less masculine than the traditional barber shop.

Now here's where I want to make a larger point. Much has been written lately about how we are becoming more and more stratified and segmented as a society. Income disparity is at an all time high with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer and a shrinking middle class. Lots of things are status symbols today that didn't used to be. Like getting your haircut. Remember when presidential candidate John Edwards took flak for his $400 haircut a few years ago? Rich people not longer get their hair cut and the same places as everyone else and this is a bad thing. We used to have what sociologists call "leveling" experiences all the time in our daily interactions. In small town America sixty years ago every man got his hair cut at the same barbershop - the doctor in the chair next to the construction worker. Everybody used to shop at the same grocery store too until Whole Foods came along and made that a sign of status as well. So we have fewer places where people of different classes mingle and share conversation and we become more and more polarized as a society. I could go further into the whole concept of gated communities and the like but I'm running out of steam. 

http://raysbarbershopslc.com

Oh, and apologies to Jake and Bret who probably can't relate to any of this :) 

PM: Eight easy miles. Or at least as easy as it can be at 100 degrees. But according to weather.com it only "feels like" 94. Whatever. 

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Seven miles at 7:30 pace around the neighborhood and Millcreek. Ran into Jake for a couple miles which helped me break out of my 8 minute pace rut. Hot again.

Good burrito at Chipotle for lunch. Read an article about how they think they are saving the world with their food. 

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14.25 miles in 1:48 on the dirt road at Jeremy Ranch. Legs still a little sore and very sluggish. 71 degrees at the start, 81 at the finish. Tough run for me but I'm glad I did it.

Why does this run seem more uphill every time I do it? I actually thought about running that 150 foot drop per mile half marathon down in Utah County today but I'm glad I didn't now.Who knows how long it would have taken me to recover from that!

Jake brought up a good point that I knew but had forgotten about American distance running legend Pat Porter who died this week in a plane crash in Arizona. If you remember the Prefontaine movie Without Limits, it was Porter who played Lasse Viren in the movie. Nothing like getting an 8 time USA cross country champion to make the running scenes look believable. 

Took the kids swimming at the Steiner pool and frozen yogurt after. Another 100 degree day here in Salt Lake. Watching Olympic beach volleyball now. Not a bad Saturday.

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