Once upon a time, a girl met a beautiful new running gadget; sleek, stylish, and up-to-date, she was smitten with him from the moment she clapped eyes on him.
It wasn't long before they were totally inseparable. They would spend hours together every weekend, traipsing through town, careering around country lanes and wandering in the woods. Their liaisons became more and more frequent, sometimes meeting every day.
The girl thought the gadget was the best thing that had ever happened to her. She thought the gadget completed her; however, one day, things started to change.
The gadget became more and more disparaging, slowly wearing away at the girl's confidence. It was as if he was deliberately trying to undermine her.
He would question her constantly. Where was she going? How far had she run? How many minutes rest did she plan to take between intervals? He was becoming possessive and wanted to know her every move.
The girl knew well that trust is the foundation upon which a relationship is built. If you don’t trust each other, no matter how much you adore them, the relationship can't possibly survive. The cracks were becoming bigger and bigger with every run. The sparkle was disappearing, the romance floundering, their affection growing weaker by the day until, finally, the energy has almost completely gone.
Surely this relationship wasn't completely doomed?
The girl needed some distance, some time to reflect and re-evaluate her priorities. She asked the gadget for a trial separation and moved him into a drawer with immediate effect.
Fortunately, today, the girl feels more encouraged by the happy, healthy relationships of other runners and their gadgets. There's Jogblog, who seems so content with Cedric, and Travelling Hopefully, in the first flush of romance with her new beau, Miles.
The girl remains determined that the rift can be healed and that she will run with the gadget again one day.
Day 16 - Jog home, undetected by satellites
Distance: 3.9 miles
Time: No idea
Cake rating: 5/5 (very excited to have won some sweets - thanks, Travelling Hopefully!)
Cumulative Juneathising: 34.5 miles running + 1.5 miles swimming + 60.8 miles cycling