We first met back in the summer of 2005. I was naïve and inexperienced, nervous about our first date. I’m quite sure I looked a state in cheap trainers and some cobbled together gym kit, but you didn’t seem to mind. You took me by the hand and led me gently through those first awkward moments. As time went on, you encouraged me to be more adventurous and to try new things. Somehow, I always trusted you.
Almost nine years down the line our bond is stronger than ever (and thankfully my outfits have improved!). We spend a huge amount of time together and I know you’ll always be there for me through thick and thin: when I’m happy, you’re there; when I’m upset, you’re there and when I’m angry, you’re definitely there. You are the one I turn to in times of stress, and you’re the one I want to spend time with when the sun is shining brightly in the sky. We’ve had our ups and downs, shared good times and bad, but whatever happens, I know I’m a better person for having you in my life.
Some of our dates have been interesting to say the least, but we’ve always come through them together: howling winds, torrential rain and heavy snow have all featured at some point. They could have been miserable moments, but sometimes it was just better to laugh and carry on.
We’ve shared countless energising snacks and numerous hearty meals. We’ve met for drinks (sometimes simple water, sometimes a heady cocktail of electrolytes) served in a variety of ways – a good old sports bottle is my favourite – yet never really tire of each other’s company. We always enjoy listening to music together and some of “our” songs have become very special to me, reminding me of good times we’ve shared. We’ve even travelled together and enjoyed time on foreign shores – what girl could fail to be wooed by springtime in Paris? You gave me that and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
Sometimes we have been forced to be apart for a short time. Those breaks have always brought home to me just how important you are in my life, and just how much I miss you when you’re not there. You keep me sane and I depend on you for that. I hope that never changes.
Running, perhaps I never really tell you enough, but I do love you. Thank you for being in my life and making it better.
Happy Valentine’s Day ❤
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