I'm retired from racing. Really.

June 24, 2017

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Location:

Greenville,SC,

Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

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, and 38th place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Goals for 2016

  • None

2016 Race Schedule

  • None

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon

Personal:

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!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 111.00 Year: 838.50
XT Wings 3 Lifetime Miles: 235.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Peak Lifetime Miles: 282.00
Fuel Trail 4 Lifetime Miles: 449.00
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 400.50
Trail N2 Lifetime Miles: 391.50
Fuel 2 (road) Lifetime Miles: 448.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 263.00
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 134.10
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 237.50
Road M3 Black And Blue Lifetime Miles: 137.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

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
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 at 19:06:15 from 67.166.78.47

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 96.33.87.148

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 67.166.78.47

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 96.33.87.148

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 67.166.78.47

"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 67.166.78.47

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 165.156.40.48

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 67.166.78.47

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

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