One day without you and I felt so alone. It was like being parted from a dear friend. How did this happen? I started running with an ordinary watch and managed just fine. I had no idea about distance, pace or calories burned. It didn’t matter – I knew I was exhausted after 30 or 35 minutes.
Then, I discovered you and my training life changed – distance, pace, time, heart rate, and calories suddenly had meaning. You became the focal point of my running. I trust you more than my old and worn Swatch. I analyze your numbers and produce running charts, logs and plans based on what you show me. Some days I compete against you. At times, you make me happy, but on occasion you make me sad. (Of course, it is not your fault than I am slow.) Yet, no matter what, I always treat you with respect and take care of you.
You have a special place in my home. You are part of my running equipment, equally important as my sneakers and clothes. I would never lend my running sneakers so why would I lend you? When I travel, you come along in a special little bag I sewed just for you.
Lending you has made me realize how important you are. Some people require expensive running shoes and fancy hi-tech running t-shirts but not me. I can no longer run without you. You are my personal running coach – you guide and support me. You have helped improve my running. For this, I am grateful and I promise to never lend you again.
Your faithful friend,