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Member Since:

Jun 01, 2013

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

1600m: 4:27

800: 1:59

Copper Hills Invitational 2015 1600m Champion.

Ran for Alta and SUU on their Cross Country/Track and Field teams

2014-2015 Alta Track Athlete of the Year

Have a had a couple good placements in mountain races

Short-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy and and build mileage

Run a marathon in under 3 hours once marathons start taking place again.

Sub 26 for 8k or sub 16 for 5k this fall

Sub 33 minutes at the Deseret News 10k

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running

Run the Boston Marathon at least once

Make a glorious return to spartan racing

Personal:

I ran for Alta high school and was trained by Coach Murphy, he is a great coach, one of the best there is. I ran for Southern Utah University for a year or two. I am currently a doctoral student at Bowling Green State University studying industrial organizational psychology. Right now my main goals are to stay healthy and run consistently.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 24.25 Year: 261.90
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
261.900.000.000.00261.90
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

Drove down to saint george with my parents before I started off on my journey home, ran on the hotels treadmill.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

30 minute run in oklahoma, nice and warm.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

Officially the first day of marathon training in Ohio. Ran 4.25 miles at 6:53 pace. Then increased to 6:27 for the last mile and 5:56 for the last quarter mile. Felt tough, my legs will be sore. Overall great first day, it was tough to push through the middle miles today. But it'll only get easier from here on. Well today was on the treadmill at .5 incline, so maybe not all easier. But its a good start.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

Got out the door with the plan of doing 2 miles, my knee and achillles felt tight at first but felt fine within 10 mins of running. At some point I just decided to run all the way to the track. Once I was there I was feeling great so I ran 5 laps and headed back to my place. I felt like I could have gone a lot longer, it was a great run. 7:10 pace today.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

Ran 4 miles and ended at the gym where I did back day with Ian. Currently walkint home. Todays pace was just under 7:00. I'm tentatively planning on running again tomorrow, should be good weather.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.350.000.000.005.35

Went out for a run, didn't have much time today. Was going to judt do 4 easy miles but the pace got away from me and I was feeling good so I ended up doing 36 minutes at 6:44 pace.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

I think my allergies or asthma must be acting up because I couldn't breathe at all today when I ran ar planet fitness. Went with Izzy which is good because then I do some core and rowing after I run.

But geez, today's run was rough. I kept the treadmill at 6:49 and lasted all 4 miles, but it was not an enjoyable run today haha. That's okay, the great part about running is that even if it sucks during it, the feeling after is nice. I also don't think I've eaten today, that might be a factor.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

It was in the low 40s today, was looking forward to it all week. I wanted to run tuesday but I was just too busy. Today I didn't have too many pressing things to do between 3 and 6 so plenty of time for a quality run.

Unfortunately the wind was pretty rough, over 25 mph. But overall pretty good run. I felt pretty tired fighting against the wind starting in mile 3/4 but I pushed through well. About 7:40 average for the run.

I've got a long ways to go before being able to run 26.2 miles at 6:50 per mile. I'd say doing that 3 months from now is ptetty ambitious, especially on 3/4 runs per week. But I'll give it my best shot!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.550.000.000.006.55

Quarter of a marathon at 6:45 pace. It's in the 20s today, so it was pretty cold. One of those days you wish you'd worn thicker underwear. Been a while since I had a good below-freezing long run just for training.

The nice thing is that as my shape improves it will get warmer outside, so the tough part is right now. I just need to get through the next 5 weeks and be able to do this pace for over half a marathon by then. I think I could have done it for 10 miles today if I'd gone for it. I felt great today outside of never really getting warm.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Plan was to run from my apartment to planet fitness, do 2.5 miles on the treadmill, and run back.

Instead I accidentally took a really long route to planet fitness, was at 3.5 miles when I got there. So I just took a shorter route home. Planning on doing 4 easy grass miles behind the track on Wednesday, maybe another short run on thursday, and then an 8-10 mile run on saturday.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

4.25 easy miles at 7:30 pace on the treadmill. Treadmill miles aren't fun, but I found myself wanting to continue on for more by the end. I had to get back home to teach a recitation though, and I wanted to get to some core and rowing so I stopped where I'd planned. I'll be doing 8-10 miles this weekend. At least half of it will be at marathon pace, but maybe all. I'll see how I'm feeling the day of. If it's as cold as it's been all week, I'd lean towards all of it at marathon pace.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.100.000.000.0010.10

Been a while since I ran a 10 miler and felt fine afterwards. I feel great right now, could have easily gone on to finish 13.1 miles. Today I ran 6 miles easy and then 3.5 miles hard and cooled down around half a mile.

I decided doing a few marathon miles towards the end of the run would better train my body to run at marathon pace when it's tired. As per usual my ankles were a little sore at the beginning but feel fine now. My knees felt cold after the run today.

Even with 65% of the run at easy pace I averaged 7:11. I think my half marathon at goal pace in 2 weeks will feel good. My current training schedule is working really well for me.

Time to go get some food and do some work.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

Warmed up a mile.

4 miles at 6:44, felt a little uncomfortable but not too bad.

Cooled down a quarter mile, I hate cooling down on treadmills and I don't need too much of a cooldown from 6:40 pace. I walked around a bit and then did 5 minutes of rowing.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Snowed a bunch more today, it's prepetually dark and freezing these days. I was having trouble getting motivated to go running today, been a tough and gloomy week.

Went to the gym and ran a little over 4 easy miles on the treadmill. Went home and ran through the blizzard to subway and back.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.750.000.000.0010.75

Ran just over a mile to the school gym. Did arm day with Ian for about 60-90 minutes of lifting. Ran 3 miles from the school gym to planet fitness. I ran 4.4 miles at 6:48 pace, 30 minutes on the treadmill. Then I ran to subway and got a sandwhich before finishing the run home. This morning was under 10 degrees and after wind chill and humidity it was the equivalent of -10. So today was possibly my hardest day before the marathon just because of that. Next weeks half marathon should be easier. I averaged 7:05 for the 6.3 miles I did outside. I wasn't trying to run fast for them, I feel like in this cold I felt like I would freeze in place at any slower. Put in a great day of training. Now it's time to go work on my thesis and readings.

 

 

 

 

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

Ran to the gym, did about 3.4 on the treadmill, ran home  ran around the apartment complex to get to 7.5.

Tried to keep it easy today. But in this weather it's tough to let yourself slow down until you're warm. I also threw in a quarter mile at14 miles per hour on the treadmill and threw in a pick up while I was on a busier road on the way to the gum. Besides that I averaged about 7:10 for the outside running and kept my treadmill pace at 7:40. Today's run was almost as cold as Saturday's but felt a lot easier.

Wednesday will be an easy 4/5 mile run and the Friday will be a 13.1 mile run in less than 90 minutes.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

4.25 easy miles on the treadmill. Very busy day. Friday is going to be fun.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Body felt wrecked today before I went running, I knew it wasn't going to be a good day for a hard run. But it was a really beautiful run today. Great weather. Averaged 7:10 and took some breaks to enjoy the nice weather and views.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Snowday in bg, so all classes were cancelled.

I ran 3 miles down to a burger place and then ran another mile while they were getting the food ready. Then I ran a mile to a campus park and hung out there and ate food for a while. Finished with 3 miles back home. 7:15 average. Felt pretty good today.

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 16:41:53 from 163.248.33.245

Interesting workout!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

Had a few cross-training workouts this week, but only 2 runs.

Today I ran to the gym, averaged my typical freezing temperature pace of just over 7:00 minutes per mile.

Got on the treadmill and ran 3 miles of .5 at 6:53 pace, .25 at 5k pace. So I ended up doing 3 miles at marathon pace and one mile at anout 5:20 pace, which is very generous for my 5k pace rn. But so is 6:53 for marathon atm. So these are more goal paces for later this year. I ran a mile at 7:30 to cool down on the treadmill and then ran home. It was demoralizing this week to have to go back to running in BG. There's over 2 feet of snow on the ground and very little room to run on the roads. So its either constantly dodge cars or treadmill, neither of which are inviting in the least. But monday I'm going to do a slow easy long run of 12-14 miles while I get my oil changed. I'll start at the car dealership and then run across town to planet fitness, do 4-6 miles there, and then run back. I think the worst of the winter is over.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.200.000.000.0010.20

Wasn't able to run monday, had time for a 10 miler while getting my oil changed befofe my recitation tonight. Averaged 7:03 for the run. I ran an extra long route from the dealership to my apartment, ended up being just over miles. It was actually somewhat warm today, like 40 so i changed into some warmer clothes ans went back out. I ran fo the track to see if it had been cleared off, it hasn't been unfortunatelt. Still bunches of snow all over. Finished up back to the dealership. I'm planning 8 miles on wednesday with a speed workout, and then a long run this weekend.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.300.000.000.008.30

Run to the track and did 5x .2 miles in 55 seconds. I was actually really consistent getting 55 seconds per rep. The far side straight away was still covered in snow but I found a .2 mile long portion of the track that was continuously clear so that's rhe length I ran. I gave myself an entire half mile recovery around the football stadium between each rep so it was an easy workout. Just slowly getting my legs used to moving faster again. After the last .2 I did another lap on the track and ran home. 55 seconds for .2 miles is 4:35 pace, so I was pretty happy with how it felt today.

Saturday should be an easy long run, maybe I'll throw a few marathon pace miles in.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.100.000.000.0013.10

Actually had a pretty great workout today. I ran to the track and started running there. I was just going to go easy today, my first 3 miles mid-7 minutes. But then I just kept speeding up once I got on the track until. I ended up splitting a couple sub 6 miles, one 5:20s and was feeling really smooth. When I left the traci I stadted slowing down but I realized I could get a marathon pace half-marathon done today so I ran the last 5 miles at a pretty steady marathon pace, fastest was 6:46 and slowest was 6:54.

My alma mater won the Big Sky conference championship today, so congrats to them. That was really exciting to see. Crazy to think I could still be running with my old team. Love seeing SUU win.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

15 mile bike ride with Izzy, kinda wet and still a little snowy but it was fun!

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sun, Feb 28, 2021 at 19:41:18 from 67.177.30.39

Who's Izzy?

From Blake Bennion on Sun, Feb 28, 2021 at 20:37:45 from 174.96.229.27

She's a friend in my doctoral program. We should call and catch up soon! Are you available sometime this week?

From Rob Murphy on Fri, Mar 05, 2021 at 16:43:40 from 163.248.33.245

Call anytime!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

2 easy miles and then 4x400m @73/74. Hit consistent splits but my lungs and calves/ankles weren't having it.

Cooled down and went home. I need to get asthma medication so that I can do legitimate track workouts. I need surgery on my nose too so I can breathe better but that won't be happening until this winter probably. I'll probably avoid interval workouts until I can get medicine.

Felt kinda wrecked after the 400s. Which is weird becuase I got up to 5:20s pace for over a mile on saturday and felt great. Eh whatever. Might take friday easy and do 6-10 and then do 15 at goal pace on sunday. I need to remember to go out easy when I start racing again.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.400.000.000.008.40

Easy run today. Felt very relaxing. Was just over 40 today. Nice to get out of my apartment.

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.550.000.000.006.55

Easy quarter of a marathon. Beautiful sunset today, it was very purple. Race shoes still aren't in, so that's too bad. I decided to do the 15 miler Tuesday because I want to do it in those shoes. Another 7 weeks of training and some super shoes could get me to a sub 3. But even if I'm feeling good and on pace I'm going to step out the second I feel a ache or possible injury starting up.  Better to dnf and take a week off than finish and lose all my fitness right afterwards.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.100.000.000.0013.10

Half marathon in the alphaflys. Awesome shoes, but I think mine have slight defects. It felt like my right foot feels kind of angled in the shoe. Maybe that's on purpose? The first 8 miles felt great but then I tanked hard at 9/10. It was really hard to keep running the last 2 miles. I walked the last mile and half barefoot after I finished to half a marathon. But anyways I barely made it to my recitation on time afterwards and now I'm getting food.

I think a big issue that I run into and need to stop doing is that I will go out too hard and that always blows up my run. I need to ease into things and my first mile should be like 7:40-8 minutes for every run.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Found a weird tender bump on my hamstring. Seems like a muscle strain maybe? Will proceed with caution. I've been considering just concentrating on running easy 4-10 mile runs a few times a week and feeling healthy. Maybe just get back into a good running rythym and try running some fast races aftee that rythym has been established for a while.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Garmin reported 5.6, but I'm pretty sure it was 5. Just an easy shake out. My legs have been pretty shredded up since the half marathon in alphas. Sending em back. But it was nice to get out again.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.300.000.000.003.30

Jake tricked me into doing a time trial tomorrow so I did a quick pre-time trial jaunt today right before my recitation. Got there pretty sweaty and barely on time for the 2nd week in a row.

I took today pretty slow, averaged 7:44 even with 2 200ms at 42 seconds. Felt alright. Bump is still on my hamstring, but from what I've read it will just slowly go away as I run more. My legs are feeling fine, maybe just a little beaten up still.

Tomorrow I just want to do a 3 miler in under 17 minutes. I'm going to start out easy, maybe even as slow as 90 seconds for the first lap. If all goes well I'll split a 5:20 for mile 3 and go well under my goal. But the way this year has gone I could see myself running anywhere from 16:30 to DNFing or running 18 minutes if my lungs start acting up. Been an inconsistent year, I need to get back on asthma medication.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.700.000.000.006.70

Warmed up and got onto the track for the 2nd mile. The track club showed up before I started so I asked them if there were any lanes they wouldn't be using. They said lane 8 was fine. But then when I started my 3 miler they started laying down in the lane I was in and getting in my way every lap, wouldn't get out of the way after several laps and if anything were getting more aggressive. None of them were running, just intentionally getting in my way. After 7ish laps I took the hint and got off the track.

Took a lot of self control for me not to say something like "big attitude for last place in the MAC". But it's no big deal. Just didn't really understand why they were acting like that. I would have left if they'd asked.

Speaking of college running, super proud of my alma mater and former team at SUU for taking 9th at nationals. Also watching Conner Mantz win was possibly the highlight of my year so far, what a performance!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

Ran to get lunch, ended up at 4.5 miles by the time I got food. I made several wrong turns, apparantly the restaurant I was trying to get to has multiple locations. Just 2 miles to get home afterwards. Ran a pretty fast pace today at 6:52. It certainly doesn't feel like it did 3-5 years ago. But hopefully I can get back to that fitness this year.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Warmed up a mile to the psych building for a quick meeting. Continued on to the track. I threw in a couple mileish long surges. Felt pretty good, great weather.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

5 miles at a strong pace, ran over to the track and ran the xc course behind it.

Sat on the steeplechase hurdle and enjoyed the day for a little before running 3 more miles a decent pace. I'm trying to teach my legs to run faster again.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

Pretty good run today. Just 4 more weeks in Ohio and then the semester is over. Felt lucky to be able to get out and enjoy the warmth for a little. Semester is about to heat up.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

7 miles at just under 7:30 pace. Winds were over 20 mph today so I can't say it was a particularly easy run. But outside of fighting the wind it I kept an relatively easy pace.

Planning on running again tomorrow if my legs are feeling up to it and I can get some good work done on my thesis.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

Ran to the track and ran a 10x400m workout. 200m recovery between each rep with 600m after first and 2nd 4. Don't have all my splits but the first 8 were between 75-79, the last 2 were 71 and 70. The workout felt good for the most part, although the last two reps felt way too fast to be 70.

The plan for the workout was for goal may/june goal 5k pace, so I wanted to run 80 seconds or faster for the first 8 and then 75 or faster for the last 2. So I ran satsifactory times, and on fairly dead legs. I'm still sore from leg day at the gym. There's a 5k bgsu is doing this weekend so I'll either jump in that or try to do a 3 miler in mid-high 16 minute range this weekend.

I took albutoral before todays workout which helped a lot, but getting back on cingular will be life changing. So can't wait for that. I think I'll get in reasonably good shape this summer... we'll see.

Tuesday will be a nice easy run, and then Wedneaday I'm planning on am 800m workout at sub 2:40. Or maybe 6x1000 with 90 seconds rest at sub 3:20 if I'm feeling really crazy. Sub 3:25 might be a bettee goal, and that would be on pace for a sub 17 5k. Sub 16 5k is the goal for some point this year, so breaking 17 would be a kind of important step towards that.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

Ran to the track and did a mile warm up. Ran 3x1000m with 90 seconds rest in between each. Was feeling like crap after the 3rd so I took an extra minute recovery and then did 2x400m in 70 and 67. 1000m reps were 3:22, 3:16, 3:35. So last one was definitely rough. I think doing a 3x1600m workout with 3-5 minutes recovery would be a good workout for next week. Maybe I'll run a mile race tomorrow to get a free t-shirt, maybe I'll jump in the local 5k this weekend after I get vaccinated tomorrow.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Between finals starting last week (they go through the rest of April) and a trip to the emergency room this weekend, I haven't been able to run. Hopefully I'll be able to go for a light jog by Friday. We'll see how my neck is holding up by then.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
261.900.000.000.00261.90
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