I cant understand why the Brojo's want Ritz to be a marathoner. It is a stupid distance nobody gives a shit about. Training for 5K allows you to run well in everything between 1500 up to half marathon. Marathon training gears you for the marathon, thats it. Three races of 26.2 a year for all that training. WAKE UP THE MARATHON SUCKS!!! Please Ritz focus on the 10K 5K, it is so much cooler. All the best distance runners focused on track and the around age 32 switch to marathon. Not switch at age 24. Dont waste your best years (especially speed wise) in the marathon when you can do it in your mid 30's. Ritz please forget the marathon.
He's not going to medal in the 5k in a sit and kick type race. Especially if 1500m guys start moving up (kiprop, choge, webb, lagat). If the 10k is slow and tactical, he's not going to medal in that either. But if its fast from the gun than there is a possibility. Sure his speed will improve but it's not going to be enough. Ritz is an ENDURANCE MACHINE. Him and tadesse are alike. Ritz is an 2:05-2:06 guy waiting to happen.