19 Oct '15, 11pm

ICYMI, Dathan Ritzenhein is sticking to shorter distances before the Olympic Trials marathon: htt…

ICYMI, Dathan Ritzenhein is sticking to shorter distances before the Olympic Trials marathon: htt…

(c) 2015 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — In the moments before the starting gun fired, runners anxiously completed stride after stride, doing anything they could to avoid the tense feeling of anxiety and pre-race jitters flowing through their nerves. At the CVS Health Downtown 5K, they double- and triple-checked their shoelaces and watches, as if doing so would help time pass mor e quickly. In stark contrast to the group was Dathan Ritzenhein, looking supremely relaxed. A three-time Olympian, Ritzenhein appeared at ease before the starting gun, clad in his purple Nike singlet. He bounced around effortlessly, coming over to the press truck to exchange pleasantries a minute or so before the National Anthem boomed over the loudspeakers. In a sea of anxiety and pre-race commotion, “Ritz” appeared serene. Don’t be fooled: Ritze...

Full article: http://running.competitor.com/2015/09/news/relaxed-ritzen...

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