I recently read an article about Dathan Ritzenhein and his upcoming race at the NYC marathon. The article focused mostly on his ability to win on November 7th against a very talented field, including the world record holder Haile Gebrselassie. Dathan isn’t counting himself out for the win, even though his PR is 6 minutes slower than Haile Gebrselassie. Some people may think it’s impossible for him to win and silly for him to try, but Ritz realizes that on any given day anyone can win. Ultimately, it’s a lesson we all need to learn, because at some point we have all lost a race by giving someone else the win before even taking a step. And ultimately, if you never give yourself a chance to win, you won’t. So basically he is saying that even if someone has more talent or is more fit than you, you can still win. Although talent and fitness level are clearly important it is good to remember that they are not the sole contributors of race results. Even though Nancy Langat has never broken 4 minutes in the 1500 she went unbeaten this season – even against competitors that have ran much faster than her. So when you toe the next starting line don’t count yourself out.
“One thing you’ve got to remember: everybody is beatable.” – Ritz