People like tough guys who fight through shit. Not pampered spoiled brats who are given all the opportunities that most people don't. Do you really think rupp would be holding the 10k American record if all the other American runner got the same kind of coaching and equipment and doctors that he's has. Shit give a guy like Ben True all the same opportunities that rupps been given and who knows how good he would be. Just saying. True is a guy I can root for.
I understand this argument and it makes some sense. And I, too, love a runner who sounds like he came straight out of a Bruce Springsteen song. But there is so much BS to this argument, as well. Assume Rupp is clean...do you think he doesn't work as hard as someone like True? Do you think he doesn't work as hard as someone like Billy Mills? Pre? Jim Ryun? To get to a certain level, you need to put in a vast amount of work that can't be cheated. You can't neglect a long run. You can't neglect weight training. ALL of these guys, and plenty more who will never be heard of are treating running like a full time job. Just because Rupp gets nicer equipment, specific coaching, and all that jazz doesn't make him a lazier runner than True, or Solinsky, or other guys who came from nothing. Not many of us can even fathom the kind of work these guys and girls put in.
I have my own qualms about Rupp and the NOP. But I give them the benefit of the doubt. I assume each person I see at a Diamond League meet works their ass of, and all of them have my respect. This is running, people. If you run, you should treat other runners with respect, because we of all people should know that running is a sport of very few shortcuts. And I'm not naive. I know PEDs exist. But I'd rather contribute someone's success to hard work then to immediately brandish the sword. And maybe that is lame of me, but that's my choice. And it allows me to garner a vast amount of joy and respect for all the athletes in this sport.
Running is a blue collar sport. Its racers are workers. I hate that PEDs exist. I hate the doubt that creeps in. But if you want to hate a guy for this success, for maybe seeming like a pansy compared to "tougher" runners of history, then at least respect the effort. Otherwise you come across as jaded, cynical, and at times very hurtful.