Two things about the above picture:
1. Who drinks smoothies in the dead of winter? I am actually a little mad that the banana did not blend properly and I didn’t notice until I got to school.
2. As you know, I love all things running related and when Mark Matthews offered to send me his book, The Jade Rabbit, I was STOKED. I have really really enjoyed reading this story and highly recommend it. The Kindle version is just $3.99 and the paperback version is $10.99 on Amazon, you can find it HERE! I don’t want to give away the whole storyline but the book is about a social worker that is a very speedy runner, she uses running to help her deal with the stresses of life and also for all of the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits. The main character is going through marathon training (which I loved reading about because I could understand the ups and downs of what she was going through) and overcomes many obstacles along the way. VERY entertaining!
I am saving the best for last, today I am covering the last Olympic Marathon Trials athlete before the trials that are TOMORROW!
We are talking about Dathan Ritzenhein. Why am I extra excited about Dathan (besides the fact that his marathon PR is an incredible 2:10 and his 1/2 marathon PR is an hour flat)?
Because I am having an interview with him on Sunday all about running nutrition and every other random question that I have for this elite runner. Look forward to an informative post…..I am counting down the hours…..I hope he says that swedish fish can help me get that marathon PR.
Seriously, read through those stats above again, WOW!
Dathan was an incredible runner starting in Rockford High School in Michigan where he set many state and national high school records. As a senior he set the high school 5k record with a time of 13:25 (I wish I could finish my second mile of the 5k in that time).
He then went on to run at the University of Colorado in 2001. He experienced stress fractures during his college career (he had to redshirt during his sophomore track and cross country season) but came back strong the following year and won the Big 12 title.
Dathan’s marathon debut was at the 2006 New York City Marathon (the best marathon ever) and he finished in 2:14:01, 11th place!
Dathan finished 2nd in the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials and he went to the Beijing Olympics where he finished in 2:11:59 in (9th place) and Ryan Hall finished right behind him in 10th place. The following year he set is personal best at the 2009 London marathon with an incredible time of 2:10:00.
I think the following picture is awesome and how cool would it be to be the FIRST to cross the finish line…someday;)
Dathan now lives in Portland, Oregon where he trains with Alberto Salazar in 2009 and in the same year he took third at the World Half Marathon Championships with a time of 60:00. He is the second fastest American to ever run the 1/2 marathon….just 17 seconds behind Ryan Hall.
Dathan is married to Kalin Toedebusch (also a distance runner) and they have two children, a boy and a girl.
First photo is from his blog, check it out here, it is really inspirational!
Any questions that you want me to ask Dathan for you?
What do you think your body is capable of in regards of a 1/2 marathon PR? What is your current PR?
Have you read any good books/running books lately that you would recommend?