8 Signs You Have Runner's EnvyWhether they have an envi­able run­ning form, cool­er clothes (or just look bet­ter in them), bet­ter atti­tudes, more struc­tured train­ing sched­ules, or flashier shoes, there are always rea­sons to envy oth­er run­ners. This can be viewed as a pos­i­tive (some­thing to strive for!), a neg­a­tive (com­par­ing your­self to oth­ers may result in dis­ap­point­ment or neg­a­tive self image), or just a fact of run­ning. I pre­fer to think of it as the lat­ter, as I don’t know a sin­gle run­ner – myself at the top of the list – who hasn’t expe­ri­enced runner’s envy in mul­ti­ple forms. If you’re unsure where you lie on the spec­trum, here are eight ways to tell if you’re expe­ri­enc­ing runner’s envy.

1. Gear
You buy the same shoes, shorts, sports bra, head­band, etc. as a run­ner faster than you, hon­est­ly believ­ing to some degree — admit it or not — that it may help you become faster. You are sore­ly dis­ap­point­ed every sin­gle time.

rv2. Get­tin Nosy 
You come to a stop­light and are imme­di­ate­ly jeal­ous of the run­ner bounc­ing in place next to you wait­ing for the walk sign. Your jeal­ousy increas­es when you notice their water­pack – a tell­tale sign they’re on a long run – and you’re more than half tempt­ed to roll your win­dow down and throw some­thing. Instead you ask how far that per­son is running.

3. A New Def­i­n­i­tion for Hot
You see a pic­ture of a rail thin mod­el and think, “Eh,” but when you see a sweaty woman in a sports bra, span­dex shorts, com­pres­sion socks bounc­ing by you think, “Damn! Girl looks good!”

4. Mileage Envy
You casu­al­ly ask oth­er run­ners what their week­ly mileage is — so you can be sure to run at least as many miles, prefer­ably more. You may also run their routes, adding an extra loop some­where to “improve” upon it.

5. Envy­ing the Tarahumara
You read Born to Run and then tried con­vert­ing to bare­foot run­ning or veg­an­ism, believ­ing it would lead you to ultra­run­ning great­ness. Odds are, it instead led you to a foot injury and the ice cream isle.

rt6. Fak­ing it til you Make it (or not)
You sign up for a race far beyond your cur­rent capa­bil­i­ties just because your friend does, or because you want to brag about train­ing for it – even though you’re scared out of your mind and already deter­min­ing excus­es to get out of actu­al­ly doing it.

7. Com­par­ing your­self with the pros
You’ve watched the sum­mer Olympics and hon­est­ly thought, “I think with enough train­ing, I could do that.” Sor­ry to break it to you dude, but you prob­a­bly could not.

8. Feign­ing sup­port for a friend
A friend beats your marathon time, and you smile and shriek, “Con­grat­u­la­tions! You did soooooo well!” while you’re actu­al­ly think­ing, “Damnit! Now I need to run anoth­er one and beat her time.”

Envy is one of those pesky human emo­tions we all expe­ri­ence – like it or not — sim­ply because we’re imper­fect. Although some choose not to admit it (or let it show), we’ve all been touched by envy. The key is to make the best of out it and use it for moti­va­tion rather than com­pe­ti­tion. By doing that, you just may end up being the run­ner that oth­ers envy.

 

 

 

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Fresh on the menu today:

Ready to Run: The state of eupho­ria expe­ri­enced by many while run­ning is called a “run­ner’s high.” Whether you pound the pave­ment or log high-alti­tude moun­tain miles, run­ning is a sport that offers great reward and requires lit­tle gear. How­ev­er, the wrong gear can quick­ly turn a run­ner’s high into a run­ner’s low. Get your fix with Men’s and Wom­en’s shoes and appar­el from Saucony, Inov‑8, Hoka OneOne, Craft, & more. 

 

 

 

 

NRG Bar: A bad ener­gy bar can ruin a great day out. Say no to fla­vor­less gut-bombs and eat a bar that is made with whole­some ingre­di­ents like oats, figs, dates, and ground flax. Engi­neered by a Marine and triath­lete, NRG Bars are per­fect for endurance events or dai­ly life, allow­ing your body to per­form and feel its best. Fea­tured fla­vors are Choco­late Chip, Cran­ber­ry Almond, Lemo­ny Lemon, and Pump­kin Ginger.

 

Salomon Appar­el, Socks, & Footwear: Salomon was found­ed in 1947 in the heart of the French Alps, the birth­place of mod­ern alpin­ism. Dri­ven by pas­sion for ski­ing and design inno­va­tion, Fran­cois Salomon and his son George designed and per­fect­ed many of the first mod­ern ski bind­ings. The com­pa­ny has since earned a rep­u­ta­tion for excel­lence in design­ing goods for oth­er out­door activ­i­ties, expand­ing its line to include every­thing from trail run­ning footwear to tech­ni­cal appar­el and socks. Today at The Clymb, we’re excit­ed to be offer­ing Men’s and Wom­en’s Salomon footwear, socks, and tech­ni­cal appar­el at mem­ber-exclu­sive pricing.

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

Plant­i­ng The Seeds: Did you know? On August 9 (that’s today!), 1907, the first ever Scout­ing encamp­ment came to a con­clu­sion on Brownsea Island in Eng­land, set­ting the stan­dard for future Scouts across the globe. Dur­ing the course of the camp, boys par­tic­i­pat­ed in activ­i­ties like camp­ing, obser­va­tion, wood­craft, chival­ry, life­sav­ing, and patri­o­tism. Founder Robert Baden-Pow­ell start­ed the orga­ni­za­tion to help sup­port young peo­ple in their phys­i­cal, men­tal, and spir­i­tu­al devel­op­ment so that they can play con­struc­tive roles in soci­ety. His efforts kicked off the Scout Move­ment that would even­tu­al­ly become a non-gov­ern­men­tal inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tion with over 41-mil­lion members.

 

 

The fol­low­ing events go live at 8am PST, August 7th:

GORE: GORE sets the stan­dard for per­for­mance and pro­tec­tion with skin-to-shell gar­ment sys­tems and sport-spe­cif­ic designs. Fea­tur­ing run­ning and bik­ing gear, includ­ing jack­ets, gloves, and more. Click through now to shop GORE.

 

Ele­ment Appar­el: Best worn while watch­ing sum­mer con­certs, not sell­ing grilled cheeses in the park­ing lot, Ele­ment appar­el is a hip cel­e­bra­tion of nature with­out the hip­pie crunch. Fea­tur­ing skirts, tanks, and more. Click here to browse the Ele­ment selection.

 

Every­day Beach Wear Men’s: It might be too cheezy to include on your dat­ing pro­file but admit it: you like long walks on the beach. Gear up for a sea­side stroll in any sea­son with shirts, flip-flops, hood­ies, and more.

 

Every­day Beach Wear Wom­en’s: Look your best brav­ing the frigid, rain-freck­led water of the Ore­gon coast or fight­ing for tow­el space in Coney Island with styl­ish tanks, board­shorts, biki­nis, and more from top brands.

 

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

Nor­we­gian of the Cen­tu­ry: Did you know? August 7 (that’s today!), 1947, marks the con­clu­sion of an epic voy­age of attempt­ed val­i­da­tion as Nor­we­gian anthro­pol­o­gist Thor Hey­er­dahl cap­tained his 40-square-foot bal­sa wood raft onto a small island near Tahi­ti, prov­ing his hot­ly debat­ed the­o­ry that pre­his­toric South Amer­i­cans could have col­o­nized the Poly­ne­sian islands. But schol­ars proved more dif­fi­cult than the sharks and storms of the Pacif­ic for Hey­er­dahl. Even though his raft, Kon-Tiki, was built using indige­nous mate­ri­als and in the style of ear­ly South Amer­i­can Indi­ans and despite the fact that he suc­cess­ful­ly cap­tained it 4,300 miles from Peru to Raroia, his­to­ri­ans and anthro­pol­o­gists con­tin­ued to shoot down his the­o­ry. How­ev­er, some things are bet­ter than recog­ni­tion from your peers. The under­dog sub­se­quent­ly pub­lished a book about his adven­tures that gained him such pop­u­lar­i­ty in Nor­way he was named “Nor­we­gian of the Century.”