By Latosha Thomas
When I first met you, I had doubts. To be quite honest, I may have even hated you a little bit. Some of my friends kept talking about you, and they pushed me to give you a chance, but I wasn’t interested.
But then one day, I tried you out. You weren’t as bad as I thought. Actually, I had fun. Who would’ve thought that with all of these crazy things I heard about you, I would start to like you!
I’m not going to bash you for all of the pain that you caused me initially. Sometimes I cried and whined, but you were right there waiting for me to give “us” another chance.
I can never stay away too long. The feeling I get from being apart from you is just too much to bear, so I get right back to it. Back like I never left…
When the challenges come, I still get up and keep going. Why? Because I’m committed. I know it takes a lot of work to be a part of this, and I take it seriously.
Sometimes the both of us need to be alone. Other times, we hang out with others and experience the euphoria that this relationship has to offer together.
I think about you all the time, especially when it’s suggested that we take a break (ugh!). I know it’s necessary, but I still feel the urge to get out there to see you.
Every time we see each other, you don’t ask for much–just a promise to never give up and never stop. You teach me something different every time we’re together, and that is not something to be taken for granted.
You’ve seen me laugh and cry. You’ve seen the good times and the bad. You’ve taught me reciprocity, tenacity, and perseverance. Thank you for being you and not requiring a lot of extra effort–just some running shoes, commitment, and lots of heart.
A dedicated runner