Rob Murphy

Grand Canyon R2R2R II

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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: 24.25 Month: 52.50 Year: 1337.42
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97.001.000.000.0098.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
20.750.000.000.0020.75

AM: Easy run at about 8 minute pace.

PM: 14.5 miles on the trails at Alta. Slushed through a lot of snow up at the top and finished in a cold rain. A tough run but a good run. 

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3.000.000.000.003.00

Three easy miles. Weights/core stuff

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11.250.000.000.0011.25

11.25 miles around Sugarhouse.

State cross country meet is tomorrow. My favorite and least favorite day of the year. Kind of a love-hate thing. Both of my Alta Hawk teams are solid and competitive this year. We'll see how it all turns out.

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Eight miles in 60 minutes on the treadmill at the gym. I took the whole day off for the state meet today and since the state course is walking distance from my house, I'm going to hang around here until the bus drops my team off at the park. My assistant coach will ride the bus with the team.

Looks like our run of seven straight years with perfect weather for the state meet will continue.

My boys ran well today at the stet meet - finishing seventh, but only three points from fifth. My #1 runner, Sophomore Kramer Morton, ran 15:56 to finish 9th and win all-state honors. Then I had Tyler Ross in the low 16's and my #5 runner came through in 17:05. Usually those times are good for third or fourth place, but Utah cross has become so dang fast...

My girls finished sixth which was a bummer. Had about a 3 minute spread between #1 and #5 which ain't good. Freshman Whitney Paskins laid everything on the line to win, but ended up with 3rd. Can't fault her for that. Senior Carolyn Webber, who has been money in the bank all season, ran 19:14 to finish 11th. I have so much admiration for her as a runner and as a person.

I'm drained. Oh, good to see Jake and Andrea from the blog out cheering for my team. I really appreciated that.

Now to focus on my Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim run with my buddy Steve Anderson on Saturday. Gonna head down in Steve's RV on Friday and do the run on Saturday. Last year's run with Jon and Cody was so great that I can't wait to share it with someone else.

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Nice, easy shake-out run. 3 miles, generally easy, but with 4 x 1/4 mile at 6 minute pace.

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Rest day before R2R2R II.

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Race: Grand Canyon R2R2R II (51 Miles) 13:00:00
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51.000.000.000.0051.00

For the second year in a row, I ran the Grand Canyon from the North Rim to the South Rim and back in one day. Last year I did the run with Jon Allen and Cody Draper and it was definitely an extreme baptism into the world of ultra trail running. I'm not sure why, but as soon as I finished last year, I began thinking about doing it again.

This year I did the run with my good friend from the blog, Steve Anderson. We planned to go down together last Friday in Steve's huge RV, do the run on Saturday, and come back on Sunday. At the last minute, my wife Ann decided to go and to bring our kids. So the three of us went down with my two kids along with Natalie and Shelby, Steve's kids. Our kids are about the same age and are good friends, so that worked out well.

The run this year was 51 miles since we had to start and finish at the North Rim Campground instead of the North Kaibab trailhead. Didn't seem to matter at first, but the last mile and a half really sucked!

We got started at 3:30 AM, Arizona time and made it to the South Rim in about 5 and a half hours. Encountered a lot more R2R2R runners than we did last year including a gay couple from Germany. You're probably asking "why is that relevant"? For no other reason other than it amused us at the time because of their cute little matching R2R2R running outfits. At that point in the run, anything that makes you smile is appreciated. We spent more time this year chatting with fellow runners than last year and I really enjoyed finding out about them. It's also fun comparing your relative levels of fatigue on the way back and Steve and I generally felt like we looked better than the other runners. Some we were genuinely worried about.

Saw more wildlife this year. Fall colors were better this year as we did it a couple weeks later than last year. Weather was about the same. Busted my rear end twice descending the Bright Angel Trail this year. No falls last year. I was probably concentrating more last year - not wanting Jon and Cody to make fun of me or be unnecessarily worried about the 46 year-old trail running newby they brought along. So I was pretty banged up at the end of this year's run.

The climb back up North Kaibab was just as brutal as last year but a little colder and more windy. Had to put on my jacket. Lot of walking here and lots of good conversation. I thought that trailhead was never going to appear. Steve and I did a little more whining than Jon, Cody, and I last year! Interesting observation - once reaching the trailhead, we were technically done with our run. However, we were still 1.5 miles from the campground. We actually ran most of the way back along the relatively flat, paved road at about a 9 minute pace. Weird because we felt mostly unable to run on the last 4 miles of the trail. Good to know I can continue running past 50 miles if the terrain is fairly sane.

Got back to the campground just as the sun was setting. Probably ran about the same time as last year, but both our Garmin's petered out on us so I'm not really sure. Ann and the kids had a great fire going at the RV and she made us a pile of French Toast and sausage which was really good. So, yeah, French Toast, sausage, and a frosty cold beer. Nice!

Unlike last year, I'm not feeling a compelling urge to do it again. 

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