I'd say this article reminds me of why I don't subscribe to Runners World. So many self-righteous, narrow minded, braggarts who seem completely unaware (or indignant) to the people they are surrounded by. The above poster talking about obsession has it right. However, I think there was one very big point that the writer didn't acknowledge in this article that I would like more people to talk about. Why is this obsession so prevalent with joggers?
I really don't have much of an idea about this myself, but I'm wondering if these people never really played sports as a kid/young adult. Now that they are competing (read: participating) in the hardest sporting event they can imagine, they feel like a total bad ass and now they feel the need to tell the world about the flavors in their fuel belt. Am I way off here?
One more thing about the article. I think it focused way too much on runners being douches in the general sense rather than the real strains on a relationship when training like a high level distance runner:
I have no time for you, I need to go to bed now because i have to run at 6:30 tomorrow morning, I'm too tired to have sex with you, etc, etc.
Then again, I have a completely skewed opinion because I care about people that run fast and train smart (i.e. not doing back to back long runs..wft!?), not the Everyman. The masses probably don't give a crap about that.