Rob Murphy

November 28, 2022

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Salt Lake City,

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 with running, explore more trails, stay healthy.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running and racing consistently for as long as I can. Find what is sustainable for me over the long run.


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

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AM: Two mile walk around Sandy. I'm doing more walking because I like it and because it's a way of getting down to my lean racing weight of 140 pounds without any additional wear and tear.

PM: Five fairly hard miles on the elliptical.

I'm wondering if any of you twenty-somethings on this blog have seen the cover of Time Magazine this week. Apparently you guys are going to ultimately be good for something but not without a whole lot of annoying your elders beforehand. I quote...

Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents. Why they'll save us all. 



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From Jason D on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 21:42:11 from

Much to say here. I don't think being dependent on parents is necessarily lazy (but it can be). Economic opportunities are vastly different. I'm more educated than most people, but I make far less money (this didn't come as a surprise, but it's still true). We also work in different ways. My hands (unlike my feet) are uncalloused. I mostly have to worry about papercuts and eye strain. My father (he will be 63 in November), although in decent shape, doesn't exercise per se and has had two hips replaced and has a slipped disk in his back. He taught for 30+ years but did other work that was very hard on his body. My point is that we work differently, and in my case "flexibly." All this is trying to point out (and I'm not doing it very well) that we view work differently and relate to it differently. My brother thinks I'm lazy, while I think he and my father are interested in being busy. I'll need to check out the article I guess because I think I am making a different but relate argument.

Are we narcissistic? Certainly. As for annoying our elders, every generation does that to the prior ones. Think of music you probably listened to as a child and how your parents responded.

We probably do have a more extreme sense of entitlement. I can see that. I'm not sure how we are going to save everyone though.

Have you taught for a while, Rob? What do you see with your students?

From Rob on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 22:12:48 from

I feel inclined to respond but I'm really not sure how. From my experience older people are more self centered, their worlds seem a lot smaller than younger generations.

Does walking really help get your weight down? I never feel like I'm getting much out of it unless it's really hilly.

From Rob Murphy on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 22:28:51 from

Jason - I will be looking for your letter to the editor in next week's Time. That was great.

Rob - Yes, moving your body burns calories. I'm surprised you didn't know that. :)

From Rob on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 22:40:37 from

Yeah, I got that part. It's the burn calories = loose weight thing that's got me confused.

From Jon on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 04:25:54 from

It's generational cycle- go read about the Strauss Howe generational theory.

Of course Millenials are the way they are- they naturally realize they can't or won't get ahead in life, mainly due to the baby boomers, who demanded everyone support them with pensions, social security, etc. but didn't pay for them. Anyways, Strauss Howe is very insightful and can explain a lot.

From Lulu Walls on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 13:24:19 from

Twenty something's today may not be that different from other generations...

The Atlantic, September 1907: In the cover story, "Why American Marriages Fail," Anna A. Rogers warned, "The rock upon which most of the flower-bedecked marriage barges go to pieces is the latter-day cult of individualism; the worship of the brazen calf of the Self."

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