Ritz has been on FIRE since August, when he finished sixth in the 10,000 meters at the world championships and followed that up with a U.S. record in the 5,000.
He's back in the news today for running 60:00 flat at the World Half Marathon Championships yesterday. (Note: 60 minutes for 13.1 miles is 4:34.8 minutes per mile).
Since I am apparently what's known as a Ritzenhein stalker....I mean SUPER FAN...I just happen to know that before August, he spent time training at 8,200 feet at a cabin in the Rocky Mountains, then came back to Portland for some hard workouts which included a 10-mile run at a pace that exceeded the current U.S. record for the distance.
Talk about a pay off. How totally inspirational.
Hmm. This pic could only be improved with me in it. Photoshop, anyone?