On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


I'm not a vengeful person, and I did not write yesterday's blog post in order to cause any controversy. I just happened to spend much of Monday sitting on at my computer watching twitter, and I saw something that I thought that all six of my followers might find interesting.

And then it blew up.

What blew up was not my blog post; it was Gugala's reaction to it. He launched a series of ad hominem attacks against me and against anyone else who had the gall to interact with him on twitter. He said that he was in the clear since any perceived sexism was, well, perceived:

He said that those of us complaining aren't his readers because we don't follow the sport (what?). He said that amateur bloggers should "stay in the shallow end."

This is the most confusing to me:

(@thedcc is Donnie, and you can read his take here.)

By the end of the day, this happened:

But this is my favorite interaction:

Well said, Scott Douglas, Senior Editor of Running Times.


  1. I LOVE THIS SO HARD! I'm so glad that the people of Runners World were made aware of this loser!

  2. I saw those tweets yesterday! And I think you guys are awesome for brining attention to this and calling out this guy. What a useless D-bag. :-)

  3. What a loser. What professional writer (person??) goes out and says what he did and then can't even be sincere when there's a backlash? It's people like him that keeps me out of the Runner's World forums, stuff that he tweets about it what you get over there on a regular basis. Unless, of course, you want people to just tell you that you are an amateur runner and what you are doing doesn't mean anything because you aren't fast enough/good enough/doing it long enough/etc... Thank you Tracy!!!!

  4. Vindication!!! So glad Runner's World stood up and commented.

  5. WOW. Nice that the Runner's World gave him a big ol STFU.

  6. Running Times for the win! @kelly, the first word I thought when I read this was "douche bag."

  7. That guy needs to learn when to STFU. Ridiculous.

  8. I am so surprised you only received 9 comments on this. Your blog was the hot ticket on Reddit that day. Everybody was talking about it. I must have been directed your way a dozen times.