That's Why They Call Them BEST Friends

As I left the house on Tuesday to run to the post office, I took note of the UPS truck parked across the street. As I pulled away from the curb, the driver jogged up my front walk with a small brown box.

When I got home, I took the box inside. It was from Red Envelope. I wasn't familiar with the company or having ordered anything from them. But as I dug through the packing paper, I came across a beautiful red box and a notecard explaining that the name RedEnvelope "comes from an Asian tradition in which gifts are often presented in a simple red envelope—a timeless symbol of good fortune, love and appreciation."

Enclosed then in a red envelope was a card from my best friend Trisha, congratulating me for all my hard work on the marathon. I opened the box and literally sucked my breath in, taken aback by the stunning necklace contained therein.

I've spent the last 5 minutes attempting to photograph the necklace but given its shiny surface, it's just not going to happen. Let me describe it then as a sterling silver rectangular tag upon which are engraved 3 lines:

I did it!

26.2 miles

December 8th, 2007

The chain upon which it hangs is a delicate, sparkling silver. The best way I can think to describe the necklace as a whole is that it resembles an Army dog tag -- from Tiffany's.  It looks athletic and upscale and I love it. I haven't taken it off since opening  it.  It's one of the best gifts I've ever received.

I look forward to wearing it on many, many future runs.