This year, the Olympic distance runner expects his race to be a bit different. In fact, he’s so confident in his preparation that he hopes to drop several minutes over his time from last year, he said.
“Last year I went and I was much more conservative and I was kind of thinking about getting a good time,” Ritzenhein said during an interview with Flotrack.org. “This year I’m just thinking about getting in and competing and doing as best I can and I’m hoping that will lead to a couple minute faster time.”
In 2012, Ritzenhein’s conservative race allowed him to finish in a time of 2:07.47, which was good for ninth place. The time was a personal record by more than two minutes.
He’d like to run faster this year, but he knows that a lot of factors go into the outcome of a marathon. Chief among them is one that Ritzenhein can’t control: the weather.
With that in mind, Ritzenhein said he’ll be just as happy to improve his placing as he would be to improve his time.
“It could be hot or windy or cold or anything like that,” Ritzenhein said during the interview with Flotrack.org. “… I wouldn’t be disappointed if I ran the same time as last year but was much more competitive, either.”