Rob Murphy

Draper Days 5k

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Salt Lake City,Ut,

Member Since:

Feb 11, 2010



Goal Type:


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.


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

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 31.82 Month: 153.57 Year: 1990.00
Race: Draper Days 5k (3.11 Miles) 00:18:20, Place overall: 22, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

My summer racing season continued today with the Draper Days 5k. Since this race is always on the USATF circuit and has a long tradition, it usually brings out a lot of fast runners. I saw Brad Barton on the starting line but didn't know he'd turned 50. If I had known, I would have realized I was racing for 2nd place in my age group. Brad is the oldest person in history to break 4:20 for the mile having run a 4:17 at age 48. So, yeah...that's what it's like racing in Utah. He ran a 16:17 at 50 years old to take 4th overall. Another realm.

I'm happy with my time of 18:20. Splits were 5:58, 5:47, 6:06, .29. Not that thrilled with the mile 3 split but, in my defense, I was getting tired at that point and was feeling uncomfortable. Hard to run under those circumstances!

Age graded 15:46 if you believe in the theory that people slow down as they age.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Vis on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 09:36:51 from

Nice race, Rob. The circumstances of the third mile have taken down many a runner. :)

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 10:21:07 from

Thanks Eva. Best of luck to you AND your mom!

From jtshad on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 13:00:42 from

Nice race, great time.

From Jason D on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 19:16:53 from

You've raced more in July than I have in the last 14 months. Good running. Looks like a strong kick, no?

From steve ash on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 07:42:02 from

Great race Rob and most of all good perspective on it.

From allie on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 15:04:31 from

i wish i could have hung with you for even 30 seconds. :0

18:20 on the nose -- you know yourself well. great racing.

From Bob on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 12:23:16 from

Whoa! You are one fast semi-old dude!

From Holt on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 15:36:01 from

Good job Rob!

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