About Me

hi! Welcome to Runner Ritsa. My name is Ritsa, obviously. And I am a runner turned CrossFitter. You can also call me CrossFit Ritsa but it doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it.

Stolen from Ashley

This is my best friend ashley (on the left)



I live in northern MD but am a Jersey girl at heart (holler Point Pleasant!). I began running in college but only a few miles here and there. In August of 2009, I began training for races and running as a way of life instead of a quick run at the gym. Being active wasn’t always a priority to me but I have made fitness a part of my daily life. Sitting at my desk all day at work doesn’t hurt to motivate me either.

I have completed a handful of half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and I am hoping to run a marathon…soon! I began CrossFit in January 2013. In the last 6 months I have really transitioned to a CrossFit way of life with running on the side to keep me in shape… and sane. I CrossFit at CrossFit Bel Air about 4-6 times a week and am training to get in shape for the future CrossFit Open/Regionals/Games.

Some fun facts about me:

Hometown: Point Pleasant, NJ

Birthday: July 30

Favorite color: Green

Guilty pleasure: Cupcakes

Favorite workout: Intervals/Speed Work, Endurance WOD (workout of the day) or anything with running and box jumps

Half Marathon PR: 1:44:12

6 Responses to About Me

  1. pickyrunner says:

    Where in Maryland are you? We should run together 🙂

  2. RunnerRitsa says:

    Bel Air, Harford County. YOU!?

  3. Choy says:

    better update that half marathon PR!

  4. Shelby John says:

    I’m in Fallston, but belong to BAAC, definitely need strong running partners. Struggle often with that!! I do my long runs on Saturdays typically. Seems like we are at least close to the same pace, just achieved my 5 year half goal of 1:45. I have run three marathons and will run Richmond this November and trying to get closer to that BQ time (3 minutes away for the 40 year old time). Im sure Im a bit older than you but would love to run! Email me anytime.

    • RunnerRitsa says:

      Thanks for contacting me Shelby! Id love to get together and run. You are fast and I bet you will BQ this year. Have you ever tried crossfit for cross training?

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