Rob Ramirez

Europe with the kids 2011

Rob Ramirez has only been running for nine years, I repeat nine years. It is scary to think what he might be doing as a 50 year old in 2016.  The “Gritty Spaniard” was careful not to mention his race results below, but he has quietly been making quite a name for himself with a 12th place overall finish at Pier to Peak in 2012 and running a 57:59 in the Semana Nautica 15K in 2012.   Rob’s goals may be kept private but his results are very public.

By Gene Deering and Joe Howell

Name:  Rob Ramirez

Age:  47

Nicknames:  Gritty Spaniard, the “Crimson Chin”

Hometown:  Arcadia, CA

Employment:   Meridian Group R. E. M.

Family: Beautiful wife Carol, Son’s Luke, Will and Owen.  Dog Curley.

Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.:  Cycling, gardening, chopping wood and working with my hands.

Most Prized Possession: I don’t have anything I can’t give up except family and friends.

Favorite Food: My wife’s “Spicy Pasta”, lucky charms, pizza, milkshakes (except I can’t drink milkshakes after 5 PM now a days because of my O. M. S. (see below).

Favorite Movie: OOOhh I have a lot – but a few top the list, like The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men, Fargo, Elf, The Matrix, Unforgiven, The Fantastic Mr. Fox… I also liked Toy Story 3 (our family saw the original Toy Story when my kids were 4 and 2 years old, then we saw Toy Story 3 when they were 17 and 15 years old.  They could not figure out why my wife and I were so emotional over that last one….) The Incredibles, Avatar, and mostly any movie where the hero or heroine is wronged but gets revenge and kicks some ass.

Trademark Expression:  I can’t say what it is here, but those who know me know.

Favorite Spectator Sport:  That’s easy, hands down it’s Cycling and Formula One.

Car I’d Love to be Driving:  I prefer to be driven.

My friends describe me as:  A guy with a weird sense of humor, or, like my kids say, someone with a serious, acute and irreversible case of O.M.S. (Old Man Syndrome).  But I think I smile a lot and I am very easy going.

If money were not a consideration, I would love to:  Garden, chop wood, and repurpose – I have a serious junk habit, with 5 projects in the garage in various stages of restoration.

In the next 5 years, I hope to:  See our kids graduate from College.

In the next 10 years, I hope to:  Be in a RV on vacation, calling and checking in on our kids who all will have good jobs, whatever that may be.

Personal accomplishments:  Still working on it but hands down, raising 3 super kids.

Personal fact that will surprise my friends:  I founded the Peabody 5 and 10K race while my kids were there and that little race was a ton of work.  It was definitely an amateur run race but I’m glad it’s still going (thanks Garrett Headley).  Rusty Snow won the inaugural race and that’s how I met him.

Favorite Running Shoes:  Anything dark, as I pick based on appearance.

Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate):  I like races between 6 and 13 Miles.  Anything longer and I tend to get OMS (see above).

Best Race and Why:  It will be the race when one of my kids beats me.

Worst Race and Why: I don’t think I’ve had a bad race, just some slow ones.

Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): 35

Favorite Local Race: I ran Pier to Peak for the first time this year and that was great.  I highly recommend the SB Trail Series Races, Semana Nautica and the Chardonnay Ten Miler are also some of my favorites.

Most Memorable Running Experience:  Really, the training runs have been my personal favorites.  There are a lot of interesting, funny, weird and cool people to run with and that always keeps it entertaining.

Favorite Place to Run:  Our front country trials.  We are so lucky to have those.

Glory Days PR:  I only started running when I was 38, so I’m still in my glory days!

Realistic Running Goals for this Year:  Train hard, train with friends, have fun training, run a lot and to try to beat some of the people I run with (and you know who you are…).

Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year:  Have more fun than last year, and last year was a pretty fun year of running and racing.

Lifetime Running Goals:  Just to be able to keep running……and instead of finding all those little blue doggie poo bags along the trails, I’d like to find a bag full of a million bucks.

Local Running Heroes & Why:  Seriously all the folks we run and train with, especially the SBRR group.  SBRR has been the only group training thing I’ve ever done, but I still think it’s the best.

Personal Training Tips:  Thank, as much as possible, those who provide you the liberty, time, and support to run.  For me that is my family who put up with all the weird stuff I do when I get seriously into training and racing.  Plus, listen to your coaches.

Why I Run:  I like to run.

I love runners who:  Have a good attitude and don’t take themselves too seriously.  Lucky for me that is most everyone I run with.  I also even like some of the runners who pass me in races.

I don’t care for runners who:  Never smile.

Suggestions for local races:  Thank the race directors as much as possible.  I’ve been there and done that and without them putting in all those hours, we’d be running in the dark ages.  It’s a lot of work.

Suggestions for SBAA:  Good job SBAA, one happy member here.