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You can't be serious
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 12:06PM - in reply to You are joking, right? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The guy trains in the dark in Long Beach, a hotbed of distance running haven't you heard, much like Torrance or Dominguez Hills? The kid has resolve.
hey kids!
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 12:21PM - in reply to You can't be serious Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
seems like the only thing he's missing out on is training at altitude. on the other hand he could do that over summer break
potato potato
RE: Jimmy Grabow - love this guy 1/26/2012 12:47PM - in reply to AHEMAHEM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
"A white collar runner is a runner who's getting paid to run, has access to high-tech gadgets, a team of therapists, and plenty of down time"

That's a princess...or a Nike runner.
Freelove
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 12:49PM - in reply to You are joking, right? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
He has a pretty ordinary office job. Anyone with a lunch break could take a nap if they wanted to.
runasfastasucanforaslongasucan
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 12:54PM - in reply to You are joking, right? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
You stating that Jimmy is blue-collar is a misnomer. I agree that he is working 40+ hrs/week, but not blue-collar. How many of the Oly Trial Marathoners actually are blue collar, working construction, factory work, etc? I'm not taking anything away from him because I commend him for keeping a well-rounded lifestyle, which is important. I knew a guy at college that over the summer he worked at a factory welding from 11pm-7am, go for a 7 mile run after work. He would then go shingle for his father's construction company until about 2pm, then go for about a 4-5 mile run. Sleep until 9:00pm and then get and go for another 4-5 mile run before work. He ended up running sub 30k over the summer and before XC season started ran a 19:05 4-miler and 1:06 for half-marathon. During his college days, he worked at a pizza place delivering pizzas from 6pm to midnight or so. He was always a hard worker and runner. He retired from running a couple years after college and settled down to have a family. He retired from working at age 50, sent his 3 kids to college, house is paid off, etc. He still goes out for about a 4-5 miler daily. I always wondered what he could have done if he just concentrated on running and not dooing anything else.
random a hole
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 1:11PM - in reply to runasfastasucanforaslongasucan Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

runasfastasucanforaslongasucan wrote:

How many of the Oly Trial Marathoners actually are blue collar, working construction, factory work, etc?



I would be willing to bet very few. Just a hunch.
tough call
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 1:51PM - in reply to random a hole Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

random a hole wrote:


runasfastasucanforaslongasucan wrote:

How many of the Oly Trial Marathoners actually are blue collar, working construction, factory work, etc?



I would be willing to bet very few. Just a hunch.


What construction crew wouldn't want a bunch of guys who are 5-7 and weigh 138 soaking?

"Get me that sheet of plywood."

"No can do, my hamstrings are strained."
Hodgie-san
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 1:56PM - in reply to 7th and Pine Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
This is a great story and should not surprise. There are many Jimmy out there. Discover your Jimmy.

If Hall can run 2:04 on hard work, faith, whimsy & a sweet tailwind then...

If boy next door Galen Rupp can run 26:48 then...
cracked pepper
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 2:12PM - in reply to Hodgie-san Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Jimmy! Cut that hair and you'd have run 2:10!
LR Posers Strike Again
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 2:14PM - in reply to 7th and Pine Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
1. No one posting on this thread has ever run faster than Grabow at the Marathon.

2. He does work a full time job and trains full time. This is probably out of necessity because as ROJO stated, there is almost no money for a guy with his PRs. So people are suggesting the better plan is to quit, sponge off somebody by sleeping on their couch, have no money for therapy, doc visits, race entries, etc? Call it whatever collar you want, the guy is getting it done better than most (all but 9 guys in the US if you are counting) regardless of their work status.

3. This message board is all about tearing people apart who we all hope to be like (good runners). It is very disturbing.
no please not again
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 2:20PM - in reply to LR Posers Strike Again Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
BTW, good job you dumb-ass Rojo. Way to hi-jack this guy's thread and totally change the course it took. When it was "you gotta love this guy" everyone could agree on that. But no, you just had to stick your nose where it didn't belong and screw it up, as always. Thanks.
runasfastasucanforaslongasucan
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 2:25PM - in reply to tough call Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I worked constrution in Boulder, CO building a parking ramp/office building and I'm 5'10" 125 carrying 2-3 sheets of 1/2"-3/4" on my back(easier than most yahoo's would try to carry them). It took some practice, but it worked!!!
cant believe it
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 2:34PM - in reply to runasfastasucanforaslongasucan Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
this blue collar/white collar thing is dumb

running isn't that hard. it takes a couple of hours per day at most so a runner's lifestyle outside of running is irrelevant. and if your life is so busy, then it's your own doing.
Jr. High Kid
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 2:53PM - in reply to Hodgie-san Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Hodgie-san wrote:

Discover your Jimmy.




Giggle...
HRE
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 4:03PM - in reply to LR Posers Strike Again Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Actually, Hodgie-san is faster than Jimmy which is in no way meant to disparage the guy in any way. I'm impressed, admire him and hope he gets even faster.
Goodness me
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 1/26/2012 6:21PM - in reply to cant believe it Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

cant believe it wrote:

this blue collar/white collar thing is dumb

running isn't that hard. it takes a couple of hours per day at most so a runner's lifestyle outside of running is irrelevant. and if your life is so busy, then it's your own doing.


Yes - some people here have reading comprehension difficulties, Rojo included. No one is tearing Jimmy Grabow down, but the OPs blue collar / working class hero / cinderella story line is tired, lame, boring and not even true.
Shocking, I know.
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 10/6/2012 10:45PM - in reply to no please not again Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

no please not again wrote:

BTW, good job you dumb-ass Rojo. Way to hi-jack this guy's thread and totally change the course it took. When it was "you gotta love this guy" everyone could agree on that. But no, you just had to stick your nose where it didn't belong and screw it up, as always. Thanks.
+1 Very egotistical and self-absorbed of Rojo
Go Jimmy
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 10/7/2012 12:24AM - in reply to You can't be serious Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Grabow has been Alberto Salazaring his veins for many years and should do well.
BOHICA
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 10/7/2012 10:50AM - in reply to Goodness me Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
How is a guy working a desk job the "ultimate blue collar runner"? It's clear that Rojo is just stirring the pot on the whole blue collar runner concept to get people to bite and debate. He probably resents people who can work a job and run way faster than he did while he was playing at being a full-time pro runner via his trust fund back in the day in Flag.
Raptured
RE: Jimmy Grabow - The Ultimate Blue Collar Runner 10/7/2012 11:08AM - in reply to BOHICA Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
That HAD to hurt today. 1:05 > 2:19. Sounds like painful splits.
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