Q and A with Dathan Ritzenhein

Dathan Ritzenhein is a three-time Olympian, American Record setter, World Championship Bronze Medalist, and USA Champion.

He ran professionally for 16 years. On May 7th he announced his retirement.

In this episode we bring you a live Q and A session where Dathan answers questions about his career, training tips, and what he would tell his younger self.


Q and A with Dathan Ritzenhein

Dathan started seeing running success in high school and was undefeated during his junior and senior years of cross country. He went on to study at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He was previously part of the Hanson-Brooks Distance Project and sponsored by Brooks and UCAN. Dathan recently announced his retirement from professional running. He is a running coach and is married with two kids. .

Running Stats:

  • 5k 12:56
  • 10k 27:22
  • HM 60:00
  • Marathon PR 2:07 from the 2012 Chicago Marathon
  • Finished 19th place in a time of 2:16.19 at the 2019 Boston Marathon.

I have had disappointing races that I finished and wanted to throw out everything! But just because race day didn’t go as you envisioned it, it doesn’t mean that you didn’t do some things right. I start self-reflection of any performance by first going to what worked. It is much more positive to look at the things that you did right in your training and race versus ripping apart everything that went wrong. Those successful things are foundations that you will still have to maintain if you want to make any changes work for the future. -Dathan Ritzenhein

Find him on Twitter @djritzenhein

Watch our FB Live replay here.

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The Social Distancing Run Virtual race with super cool finisher’s medal.

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