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Subject: RE: Does Dathan Need 30 Mile Long Runs?
Ritz got some very bad advice in his pro career.
From tampering with his shoes with duct tape and scissors (mind you when he is employed by a company that will make you custom shoes) to running a distance workout on a track as your first workout post injury to trying to be a marathoner after running 12:56.
By the end of this year he will be 6 minutes off of being competition in the marathon. At 12:56, he is within seconds of being competetive in every international 5k... and that is assuming NO improvement.
Ritz is better/more talented then Rupp. In 2009, he beat Rupp at Worlds off of limited track training. Now Rupp is considered a potential medal threat at the Olympics while we ponder if Ritz will be ready for the trials.
Horribly guided career by delusional advisers thinking he can run 2:05 or 2:06, largely, I would guess, because Hall did it and he thinks he's better then Hall. The thing is, even if he could run 2:05, he would STILL be more competitive at the 5k or 10k at the world stage. Maybe not in 2009, but in 2012 surely.
Included 2009, Ritz is the 16th fastest performer in the 5k in the world at 12:56.3. Ritz is within 4 seconds in the 5k, arguably his second best event to the 10k, of being the 3rd fastest 5ker in the last 3 seasons.
12:51.2 Eliud Kipchoge
12:51.4 Vincent Kiprop Chepkok
12:52.3 Kenenisa Bekele
12:53.1 Mohamed Farah
12:53.5 Mark Kosgei Kiptoo
12:53.6 Dejen Gebremeskel
12:53.6 Bernard Lagat
12:54.0 Tariku Bekele
12:54.2 Isiah Kiplangat Koech
12:55.0 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi
12:55.1 Lucas Kimeli Rotich
12:55.5 Chris Solinsky
12:55.7 Imane Merga
12:56.0 Josphat Kiprono Menjo
12:56.1 Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa
12:56.3 Dathan Ritzenhein
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