There is a lot I could and should say to you that is long overdue. First I am going to start with saying I am sorry. I am sorry that for over 10 years I took you for granted and pretty much treated you like garbage. I fed you mostly crap, did nothing to keep you healthy and almost never exercised. I made you carry around a ton of extra weight. I ignored your needs and did nothing to care for you, and then to add insult to injury, I had the nerve to bad-mouth you every time I looked in the mirror. I neglected you and mistreated you big time and I am sorry.
Despite the fact that I treated you so badly for over a decade, when I called on you, you were there for me. When I made you start exercising, you did it. When I asked you to get rid of some of the extra weight, you got rid of it gladly. When I asked you to run, even though we never had before, you did, with minimal pains or complaints. It wasn't easy, but we have both transformed as a result of our hard work. As I have pushed you to run further and further and faster and faster, you have never let me down.
I had no idea you were so strong. I had no idea that a runner was just waiting to be discovered in you. I had no idea we could do half the things we have done in the last two years, and I am excited to see what we accomplish in the future.
Thank you for being patient with me and for not giving up on me. I promise I will never ignore or neglect you again. I promise I will treat you right, and never take you for granted. I will give you what you need to be healthy and strong, get you as much rest as I can, push harder when you are up to it, pull back when you need me to, and listen to your signals.
Thanks for helping me find a strength, confidence, and part of myself that I didn't know I had. I am looking forward to many, many more years together and many, many more miles.
PS And I am really really sorry about the ice baths, but I swear it is in our best interest. :)