I also thought it was a good read.
I especially liked the part at the end where the guy was saying that running should be covered differently, and that "running is not Sunday school". I often feel like the whole sport of running has been co-opted and made into this boring morality play/fundraiser/way to enjoy nature, etc. Every story seems to be approached from an angle that involves overcoming some difficulty, or beating the odds, or being courageous, or raising money for charity, or something like that.
The problem with that is that those things are fine, but it's not interesting to watch someone run in those situations. The story may be nice, but the action itself is dull. More power to them, but it's not interesting to sit and watch the various charity cases, especially when they take away coverage time from the real action.
Or sometimes the angle of running coverage is on amazingly difficult long distance running is, and how amazing it is that these grim, superbly conditioned people can run through such adverse conditions....still not interesting to watch in and of itself. Or how many marathons/ultramarathons so-and-so has completed within whatever amazingly short time period...still boring. And let's not even talk about how depressing it is to listen to Carol Lewis commentate a track meet.
It's like distance running coverage is about everything except the race itself. They're missing the most interesting part! The tactics, the rivalries, the various moves within the race, the attempts to drop people, the attempts by people who've been dropped to claw their way back, etc. There is an exciting sport in there somewhere, but you wouldn't know it when the announcer is constantly trying to explain to you how many football fields per hour the runners are covering, or how courageous some of the back of the pack runners are.