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  • Runners World is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

    I just noticed that this topic had yet to be broached on this board. Something seemed to be missing. There. It seems complete now.

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    Re: Runners World is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

    Don't be so hard core. There are thousands and thousands of "runners" out there that know little or nothing about " track and field". But would you rather they not be there at all ? They are healthy happy people and maybe their running interest will partially translate to track and field interest for themselves or their family members at some point. So to repeat, do not be so hard core and T&F elitist. They are people too. Suppose they were all bowlers ?

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    • #3
      Re: Runners World is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

      Ah, yes. The time-worn debate has begun here on TF&N website. As Mr. Burns would say, "Excellent!"

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      • #4
        Re: Runners World is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

        >Don't be so hard core. There are thousands and
        >thousands of "runners" out there that know
        >little or nothing about " track and field". But
        >maybe their running
        >interest will partially translate to track and
        >field interest for themselves or their family
        >members at some point.

        Bingo. I started off reading The Runner (which was later absorbed by Runners World), and discovered track & field (including T&FN) through it. It nurtured my interest in distance running long enough for me to get into the wider sport. I no longer subscribe because I'm no longer a jogger, but thanks to that start I'm now a rabid t&f fan.
        "Run fast and keep turning left."

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        • #5
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          >do not be so hard core and T&F elitist. They are people too. Suppose they were all bowlers ?<

          Well, then they wouldn't be people at all. They'd be hats.

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          • #6
            Re: Runners World is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

            Noooo! Let's not go there, even in jest. And while we're at it, wouldn't it be great if this site could be a T&F site without the foibles of others.

            To name a few peeves:

            comandeering of threads if not entire sites by self-proclaimed cults of personality;

            popularity contests where every move of the favored are "whoo-hooed" by the masses;

            endless personality wars between gurus--be they real or self-proclaimed;

            puerile "___'s hot" threads;

            It looks like the T&F crew has already no no'd baseless drug accusation postings and other subjects. Kudos to that.

            We appreciate T&F News for it's purity. May we all strive to keep this board purely about track and field, its personalities, and perfomrance.

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            • #7
              Re: Runners World is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

              But they make up for it with their website. The daily news section on it is excellent and a must read when it goes up at lunchtime on the east coast.

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              • #8
                Re: Runners World is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

                >But they make up for it with their website. The
                >daily news section on it is excellent and a must
                >read when it goes up at lunchtime on the east
                >coast.


                Maybe, but the mag is horrible. You can't deny that.

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                • #9
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                  Oh, yes, I deny it. I would agree that the average article does me little or no good, but every once in a while, there is a real gem. I hate the cheesecake/beefcake covers, and the very superficial pieces about running savings people's lives, and the stories about the "yummy" smoothies, but there was an essay in the April issue that was excellent, and every once in a while a good shoe or other equipment review. Its no T&FN - if you want results you have to go to the source, but it does serve a different purpose and for the price, I can search for the good stuff.
                  Joe Lanzalotto

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                  • #10
                    Re: Runners World is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

                    >Oh, yes, I deny it. I would agree that the
                    >average article does me little or no good, but
                    >every once in a while, there is a real gem. I
                    >hate the cheesecake/beefcake covers, and the very
                    >superficial pieces about running savings people's
                    >lives, and the stories about the "yummy"
                    >smoothies, but there was an essay in the April
                    >issue that was excellent, and every once in a
                    >while a good shoe or other equipment review. Its
                    >no T&FN - if you want results you have to go to
                    >the source, but it does serve a different purpose
                    >and for the price, I can search for the good
                    >stuff.

                    That's a pretty weak defense. "Yeah, I know most of it sucks, but every once in a while there is something in it that's decent, so since it's cheap, I can look for the occasional good stuff." Wow, you could be their marketing director with an endorsement like that!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Runners World is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

                      I subscribe to both Runner's World and T&FN. And I have been an avid runner for 15 years, and a hard core track and field fan. I like both of them. Both magazines, while running magazines, serve different types of runners. RW serves the road racing community and recreational runners. T&FN serves track and field fans. Both have strengths and weaknesses.

                      RW:
                      Strengths: Bible of road racing; nutrition and speedwork articles; top of line shoe reviews.
                      Weaknesses: Some human interest pieces too sappy (i.e. Hash House Harriers).

                      T&N:
                      Strengths: Bible of Track; articles on track athletes; Olympic Prievews, end of year World Rankings top of line.
                      Weaknesses: Reading lists/results can be very confusing for average reader/runner.

                      Peace.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Runners World is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

                        Your 'weakness' for T&FN is its strength. No fluff, just facts!

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                        • #13
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                          >>do not be so hard core and T&F elitist. They
                          >are people too. Suppose they were all bowlers ?

                          >Well, then they wouldn't be people at all.
                          >They'd be hats.

                          You guys are just as snobbish as the original poster. I love both bowling and track, and compete in both, with a 210 average and 1:59 / 4:40 PRs.

                          T&F and bowling share a commond bond: they're both bottom-feeders in terms of national popularity. The irony of your joke resonates.

                          Track fans and bowlers unite!

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                          • #14
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                            Trust me, Mr. huh? I love the lists. But there was a time years ago where it took even me a while to know all of the abbreviations and asterisks. Sometimes, T&FN would have those on some other page, confusing a reader big time.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Runners World is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

                              The division/lack of love within the running community continues. No wonder why running/track doesn't get on TV much. Peace.

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