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Monday, November 28th 2011

7:28 AM

Dear Running...

Dear Running,

Like any other deeply important essentials to life, it's difficult for me to put into words what I'd like to say to you.  And what exactly do I want to say to you, you may ask?  Well...what I'd like to tell you is just how much you mean to me.  I'd like to think you already know; you've heard me write this letter to you again and again in my head.  But I think it's time I take the next step.  I think it's time I write it down.

As I reflect back on my young life the only constant I can find is you.  Yes, my family and friends have always been there for me, and yes, I know they always will be.  But you...you have been with me every where I go, on every journey I take, on every continent I travel to, and on every adventure yet to come.

I found you when I was so little; like breathing, you came to me naturally as a source of life.  It's always made absolute sense to me that I spend as much time with you as possible; as the other kids were trying to figure out how to avoid you during other sports, I was looking for a way to extend our time together.

We bonded during high school cross country, but we also had our fights.  I wasn't ready to accept the truths you always show me.  I wanted you to give me speed, but what I didn't realize then is that, though you came to me naturally, I also had to earn your gifts as well.  I wasn't ready for the pressure that a clock and the course put on our relationship; it made me frustrated that I didn't always receive what I thought I deserved, and I thank God every day for His guidance in my decision to use our relationship as a recreational one during college.

It was in my transitional college years that I realized how special, and essential, our relationship was to me.  You beckoned me to Granddad's Bluff in the early mornings, and organized my thoughts as I studied.  You kept me centered and honest while showing me the definition of dedication and perseverance.  You were my refuge when I found that some boy broke my heart, and you were my rock when my world seemed to shake.  When I couldn't find a friend who knew my heart, I found that with you I had no explaining to do.  You knew me better then I knew myself.

Through your guidance I continue to become the person I was always meant to be. 

You show me the way I am to go again, and again, and again.

And now, as our relationship continues to grow stronger every day, I am so very thankful for everything you have brought into my life.  You gave me an answer when I faced many frustrating times with Mom and her disease.  You have introduced me to so many wonderful people that mean so much to me it makes me cry to think where I'd be without them.  You give me a platform to build my dreams upon and you welcome others to that dream each and every day.

Though I cannot return all that you give to me, I do promise to always stay committed to our relationship.  I promise never to neglect you for very long and I promise to always share you with as many people as I can.  I promise to cherish our time together, knowing that if something happened in the future I could be confident that I never took you for granted.  I promise to always smile when we are together and I promise to remember that sometimes our time together is difficult, but it only makes me stronger.  I promise to always be as true to you as you are to me.

Before I keep going on and on about what you mean to me, I think I'll sum everything up by letting you know that I love you.  I simply love you as much as any person in the world can love you.  You are my best friend and you are the best relationship I've ever had. 

See you soon...I promise :)

Love always,

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Posted by ANDREW:

It is a blessing and that we can run almost whenever we feel like it. You have def made the most of your running ability, but we both know that there is much more miles and events in the future. It is amazing that you have created a non profit who can help people through a passion of your own. I just got home from a morning run, I must say you have shared more running moments with me than I have with anyone. I'll never forget our first run in Puerto Rico together!
Love AD;)

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