No need to really rehash the back and forth, but the long story short is he ended up -- intentionally or not -- insulting a lot of runners. In the end of his article, he wrote this:
To which I wrote in my post:
If the marathon is populist enough for everyone to pin on a number, it's also populist enough for everyone to kick ass. If you're running the New York City Marathon this weekend, remember, it's a race. True, no matter how hard you push, you're not going to win a gold medal. But maybe a kid in high school will, someday. If the pack can drag the best runners back, we can push them forward, too.
I'm ready to do my part. My bum knee just carried me through a half-marathon. Next spring, I'm going the full distance -- and I'm going to do it in the spirit of the first running boom, in under three and a half hours. I may even wear a cotton T-shirt and a sweatband.
Running is a very public event. You're out there. And you've just pledged to us (after slamming marathoning in general) that you'll knock 45 minutes off your marathon time? Please respect the distance, because your article showed you have a little relearning to do before you join the masses well in the middle of the pack on race day. Look around, and shake your head at the rest of us. Because we won't really notice you're there. We're there to run our own race. And use some Body Glide or Vaseline for goodness sake if you're going to wear a cotton T-shirt
I bring all of this up because some people search his name, and come upon my blog. Well, I did a bit of searching myself. Ted's been training and true to his word, he's signed up for a marathon, the Rockford Marathon. This Sunday in fact.
Active.com confirmation list:
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Give him kudos for being true to his word, but would we expect any less? Good luck Ted, hope you remember the respect for the distance and if you trained well, maybe a 45-minute PB is in the cards.