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 cautious……  I’d love to have you link up, and if you do, please remember to follow my six simple rules.


Cautious – careful about avoiding danger or risk
~ Merriam-Webster


Cautious is one of those relative words…  Compared to my mom, I’m the biggest risk taker in the world.  Compared to many others, I’m a scaredy cat.

I’m sure that becoming more cautious has a lot to do with getting older.  I know that it takes longer to heal, and even though I feel very young at heart, I am realistic.   The last thing I need is a side-lining injury, and I don’t just mean side-lined from running.


  • There was a time I careened down trails on my motorcycle hitting bumps hard enough to get airborne.  Today my spin bike does just fine.
  • There was a time I stood high on a ladder leaning way to the side so I wouldn’t have to get down and move the ladder so often while painting the top of cathedral ceiling walls.  Today I get queasy just thinking about it.
  • There was a time I didn’t think twice about running along the side of the road during dark winter mornings without lights or reflective clothing.  Today I’m lit up like a Christmas tree, and keep most of my runs on a non-motorized trails.
  • There was a time I drove anywhere in any weather.  Today I question whether or not I really need to go out.  The same goes for running on slippery snow and ice.  Today I hit the treadmill if I have the least bit of doubt about the safety of the trail.
  • There was a time I let my body totally relax and glide down hills at a 6:00 pace.  Today I put the breaks on just enough to slow down so I’m not banging up my legs and forefeet so much.
  • There was a time I ran six days a week.  Today I’m nervous about the possibility of an overuse injury so I run three to four days per week.


I suspect we are all cautious at times, and for a variety of different reasons.  As I mentioned earlier, being cautious is a relative term…


Are you cautious?  About what sort of things?


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Next Wednesday’s Word:  Comparison