I'm retired from racing. Really.

July 14, 2020

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Feb 24, 2007



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I also maintain a blogspot running blog. Check it out. 

5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:


Enjoy running, stay fit (and maybe lose a few pounds)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon


I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

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Miles:This week: 12.00 Month: 38.00 Year: 747.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 211.00
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 284.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 112.50
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

AM- 7 miles on GE track. Much better than yesterday but not fast- probably 8-8:30 pace.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
From Rob Murphy on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 at 19:06:15 from

Quick question. If you don't have time to answer that's fine.

Why do people run races like the Barkley?

From Jon on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 at 19:33:22 from

I once did a presentation to a boy scout troop about life's lessons from ultramarathons.

For me, I enjoy running, I love being outside and seeing the sites, and it's a contrived way to push ourselves physically in a time of ease, which I think can help us see what we are made of. Some people enjoy challenges. The Barkley is the hardest of the hard, so for the people who really want to be challenged.

Let me ask this to you- why did you run the Grand Canyon? And what's your answer for the Barkley?

Did you watch the Barkley movie?

From Rob Murphy on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 at 20:03:51 from

I've watched the Barkley movie several times.

I ran the Grand Canyon because it was a challenge that I was fairly certain I could complete. I would put the Barkley in a different category.

From Jon on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 at 20:13:07 from

As Laz says, how do you know how far you can go unless you're doing something that you will likely fail. I mean, how often do we start anything where there is a real probability of failure these days? Even at hundreds, more than fifty percent finish. So to try something where one percent finish? Unique. That's part of the lure. To know you will fail, and be willing to find out how.

From Rob Murphy on Thu, Apr 06, 2017 at 06:28:08 from

"A man can live in this culture his entire life without knowing whether he's a coward or not. I think it's necessary to know"

- James Dickey (author of Deliverance)

From Rob Murphy on Thu, Apr 06, 2017 at 06:33:45 from

Here's what I think. We've engineered most of the stress and strain out of daily life. We're too physically comfortable. We humans have spent 99% of our history on this planet living very close to danger, being forced to confront it on a daily basis. Women used to EXPECT to die in childbirth. People got to Utah by dragging handcarts across a thousand miles of prairie and mountains. I think, with some of us, there's something deep down that misses this. I think the 20th century rise of "extreme sports" is mostly explained by this.

From Jon on Thu, Apr 06, 2017 at 08:13:11 from

I agree completely. That, and the physical rush (adrenaline)- our ancestors used to get that at life threatening moments, now we artificially create them.

From Rob Murphy on Thu, Apr 06, 2017 at 08:21:20 from

We need "like" buttons on the FRB like twitter.

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