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Jimmy Grabow

February 1, 2012

Jimmy Grabow may have been the biggest surprise at the Olympic marathon trials, finishing 10th in 2:12:29.  Here’s his marathon time in the context of his shorter distance times:

5000: 13:44 (65.9/lap)
10000: 28:34 (68.6/lap) — slows 2.6 sec/lap
HM: 1:03:37 (72.4/lap) — slows 3.8/lap
M: 2:12:29 (75.4/lap) — slows 3.0/lap

His half marathon is a little slower than we would predict given his 10k time.

Hats off to Jimmy…

Grabow has been running 100 mile weeks since college.  Leading up to the Trials, he would run 3 weeks in the 120-130 range, then take an 80 mile down week.

A typical day would be 15 miles on the morning + gym work, then 5 miles in the evening + icing.  He always run sub-6 pace, perhaps 33-37% slower than 5k pace.

Mid-week, he ran a few 10-mile tempos at 5:10 pace, about 7 sec/mi slower than marathon pace.  No intervals.

On Saturday, he would do a long run, hitting a couple 28-milers.

HT: Running Times

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