Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about.  Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is commitment……  I’d love to have you link up, and if you do, please remember to follow my six simple rules.


Commitment – a promise to do or give something;
a promise to be loyal to someone or something
~ Merriam-Webster



Today’s word was suggested by Meagan at Turkey Runner.  I have words selected through the end of October, but if you’d like to suggest a word, please let me know and I’ll be happy to consider it.

When Meagan texted her word suggestion to me several months ago I was booked through the end of July.  I told her that I would schedule it for the first Wednesday in August, and that it was the perfect word for that week since it would be right after Bill’s and my 34th wedding anniversary.  Talk about commitment!

Yes, Bill and I are certainly committed to each other and to making our marriage work. We pledged to always be there for one another, and that promise is what has made it possible for us to be happy for so many years.

Today, though, I want to focus on another type of commitment – the commitments we make to ourselves when we set out to do something big.  One of the biggest commitments a runner can make is to run a marathon. 

Running a marathon is no easy task, and neither is the training.  If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.  To properly prepare the body and mind to run 26.2 miles takes commitment, and a little bit of craziness.  I should know, I’ve run 40 marathons and one 50-miler.


Commitment when training for a marathon involves:

  1. Committing to finding or devising a training plan that works for you
  2. Committing to make adjustments to your training as the need arrises
  3. Committing to making your training a priority
  4. Committing to getting enough rest during training
  5. Committing to getting up early enough to fit those long runs in
  6. Committing to yourself or your friends that you’ll show up at the scheduled time and location for your run
  7. Committing to eating healthy
  8. Committing to staying well hydrated
  9. Committing to stretching and foam rolling to stay as healthy as possible
  10. Committing to take the necessary time off to heal if an injury strikes


Of course running any distance takes commitment, but the time involved for a runner to train for a marathon is a huge undertaking not to be taken lightly. 


What has been your biggest commitment?


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Next Wednesday’s Word:  Initiative