I Think I’ll Stick to Running…

Dear Running Shoes

I’m writing this letter in the hope that you will forgive me for trading you in last night for the mountain bike, but I thought that if I am going to take part in the Cape Argus next year, I have to make a start somewhere.  To be fair I haven’t even looked in the direction of a bicycle in all the time I’ve known you, so if that offers some comfort then I’m glad.

I also need to tell you that you don’t need to worry about being replaced – I officially hate that bicycle!!  It is not because I am physically lacking the ability, it is that anatomically I just don’t think I was made to sit on a saddle.  Running shoes, I can have you on my feet for hours at a time and you still fit me comfortably and never hurt me – I was barely out the gate when I realised that the ride we were taking was going to be a strain, and we only went 14km’s!!

When we got back running shoes, and I saw you standing there looking all alone and unworn, even in my pain – I felt just horrid for thinking I could trade you in…  I’m not asking for your sympathy, I just want to try and explain and hopefully you will understand.  Do you know how hard it is making people believe that you are walking like John Wayne because of a saddle…?

My poor bottom is battered and bruised (it is much more difficult trying to survey the damage down there than on my feet), which I know you would never do to me dear shoes – I really hope that you can find it in your sole to forgive me…

Yours forever in comfort

The Reluctant Runner



  1. Trish says:

    As another runner wannabe rider, I can say that thick padding works wonders – doesn’t look too good, but who cares as long as it works!
    One thing in favour of riding – I don’t lose toenails – might develop callouses on my bum tho’ – don’t know what’s worse!
    I must say, I wear my running shoes when I’m riding – helps when I have to run up the hills pushing my bike – once a runner, always a runner!

  2. Fred says:

    “hope that you can find it in your sole to forgive me…”
    (“Sole”…good one, Candice.)
    I prefer biking to running, myself…but that’s because I’m so rotten at running.

    “Reluctant Biker” doesn’t have the same ring to it…

    Glad you’re keeping your shoes.


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