Last week, we were in Boston to cheer on our friend Kris, who was running in the Boston Marathon. She qualified at Grandma's and this was her first time in Boston.
I've never had the desire to run a stand-alone marathon. While I really like running as part of a triathlon, I don't particularly like the act of running itself. Sure, I do it because I have to, but I don't exactly see me wanting to run a stand-alone marathon anytime soon.
Then I was in Boston.
In addition to getting to see a lot of things with T's college campus (Boston University) and parts of the town I have seen and not seen before, we also got to witness the most coveted marathon on the planet. And I'm not going to lie, there was a part of me that wanted to be an athlete running in the event, not just cheering on.
Which made me think about something. As an athlete, do we have the right to be envious of others' achievements? I mean, certainly our community is one of supporting each other, but it's also an ego-driven community. If it wasn't, you wouldn't see people wearing Boston Marathon jackets, Ironman visors (guilty), various tattoos of all sizes and achievements, medals hanging from the wall (guilty), race bibs, and the list goes on and on and on. Most athletes need to have their egos filled from time to time.
When the marathon was going on, I was cheering nonstop for an hour. I shouted words of encouragement to runners passing by. One guy came over to me and asked if I could level the course next year, another waved when I shouted "Ironman Family!", and more just smiled as they knew that total strangers were supporting them. I remember last year doing Boulder 70.3 and hearing lots of support from both athletes and people on the side of the road, smiling at the encouragement and knowing I would do the same thing someday. At the time though, I didn't wonder if any of them envied me.
Now I wonder.