Thursday, May 21, 2009

Statement from Dathan Ritzenhein on Parting Ways With Brad Hudson

Since the London Marathon, and even before, I have been evaluating where I am in my career and I’m not at the level I want to be,” Ritzenhein said in an interview with Universal Sports. “I have big goals in this sport and I don’t want to have any regrets when it is all set and done. My best years as a runner are approaching and I want to take my running to the next level.” -universalsports

MY COMMENT: I admire the desire, but why do these guys need coaches anyway? Frank Shorter was self-coached and won back to back Olympic medals in the marathon. So were many other top runners of the 70s. It would be nice to hook up with a group to train with, but Dathan knows his body and should be able to read how he is responding to workouts and races and make adjustments. It will be interesting who he ends up with. As far as taking it to the next level, he's already a top ten finisher in the Olympics- not sure how far he can go.

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