The man I most envy

 

Today’s run (street): 4 miles

Envy is one of the “Seven Deadly Sins” and it relates to many aspects of running. Unless you are an elite runner, there’s always someone faster than you. For the most part, I don’t begrudge the running achievements of others. In fact, when I see my fellow Runsketeers PR and podium, I’m sincerely thrilled. A lot of that has to do with the work they do to get there. It’s far more than I’m willing to do.

When it comes to running, the person I envy most is me. Huh? Let me explain. I don’t envy myself while I run. That would be more like self pity. For instance, this morning’s run was really cold and I was very uncomfortable. I tried to get some speed going, but my lower layers were restricting my full range of motion. My eyes were watering from the wind hitting me in the face.

It was then that I started to envy myself. Not the me of the moment, but the future me. The me who, thirty minutes later, would be sitting in my warm dining room with a hot cup of coffee and a Kind bar. Oh how I envied that lucky bastard as I ran along the uneven and unyielding sidewalk so that I could avoid all the cars, recycling trucks and school buses.

Just to be clear, I don’t always envy my future self. Running can be hard, but it can also be a great experience that’s looked back on fondly by future me. While envy is a sin, it can provide great motivation. How many of us have stepped up our pace during a miserable run just to get through it faster? Technically, that’s impatience, which I don’t think is a sin. But that impatience does lead to the fifth Deadly Sin, “Feet that are swift to run into mischief.”