Fritsch masters distance races, too


August 17, 1993|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

If her finishes this year are indication, Bea Marie Fritsch should be setting a personal record in the Annapolis Striders' Ten-Mile Run at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Aug. 29.

Not only has Fritsch been placing higher in races than she had in years past, she also is setting personal records in nearly every distance she runs.

Consider the following:

* In March, she ran the Virginia Beach Marathon and recorded a PR.

* In early April, she participated in the Oriole Advocates Home Run 8K and established a PR.

* Later that month, she entered the Mount Hebron Viking Run 5K and set a PR.

* And in May, she ran the Constellation Classic 10K and finished with a PR.

"I've been doing better this year than in previous years, that's for sure," says Fritsch, 26.

If that's what finishing graduate school and earning a master's degree does for you, more runners may take that route.

In Fritsch's case, she earned a master's in business administration in December.

"That's when everything took off," says Fritsch, who lives in Arbutus. "Basically, it's been a big weight off my shoulders. I was going to school two to three nights a week. I didn't get to run [train] those nights. There's been a lot less stress [since then]."


Bea Marie Fritsch has set these personal records this year:


Va. Beach, March 20 3:11:39


Constellation, May 23 36:20


Oriole Home Run, April 4 29:21


Viking Run, April 18 17:14

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