I can't take it anymore. What is up lately with the issues in the running community?!?! I'm very sheltered with my little blog and Twitter friends who are 110% supportive of my running. But outside of my bubble, the running world is being attacked. I don't normally like to focus on the negative, but these couldn't be avoided!
Let's start with the totally no where near witty or pretty, Ashley Hesseltine. She crashed the Georgia Half-Marathon as a bandit runner and then wrote a vial blog post about it.
The social media world was a buzz about her post and yet, she doesn't see anything wrong with what she did. First off, she took the whole selfie during a race idea from Kelly Roberts (the NYC half #hottie selfie picture taking girl). And then, she didn't pay for a race, she slammed law enforcement, used the word rape inappropriately, and after the fact, she tried to edit her blog post because she was feeling the heat. She's proud of her new page views (because that's what's important in life) and she calls it "comedy" in a tweet from today, I call it shame on you!
And now we're at the ever so unpopular Self Magazine. I mean seriously, what were you guys thinking? The whole universe is buzzing about their use of the word "lame" in their BS meter article for an amazing runner with brain cancer that chose to run in a tutu.
Obviously your audience isn't female runners because if it were, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that we like to run in tutus. In fact, we kick some ass on the pavement when we run in tutus. Finally an apology tweet went out today about this lapse of judgement, but it was a day late and a dollar short. Not only are you guys lame, but shame on you too!
So there's my rant! Now I know I'm not perfect, but at least I can sleep at night. As for these two offenders, I'm not sure they can say the same.