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


Gracious – very polite in a way that shows respect 
~ Merriam-Webster


I’ve always said that I want to run forever.
That’s my goal – plain and simple!

But what if that isn’t meant to be?
What if I’m meant to stop running, to slow down?
Sooner than I’d planned… 

What then?

I’ve been running for 44 years.
It’s who I am, it’s what I do,
and it’s one of the first things people ask about
when they haven’t seen me for a while. 

So what if I can’t run forever?
What will I do as soon as I wake up in the morning?
What will I write about?
How will I act?

I’d like to think I’d be gracious…

I’d like to think that when people ask if I’m still running,
I could answer politely that I had to stop,
and engage in a positive conversation about why.

I’d like to think that I would attend races to cheer on my running friends,
and listen intently as they tell me about their latest accomplishments.

I’d like to think that I would be generous
of my new-found time and volunteer at races.

I’d like to think that I’d mentor young runners.

So if I can’t run forever, let me be gracious…


I hope you didn’t find this depressing or think it’s a clue to some foreboding feeling I have. It’s really just me pondering what might happen if I don’t meet my number one goal – to run forever (or at least as long as I choose to run). Of course, there are a number of other options available if I need to stop running sooner than planned; I can always take up sky diving…  


Who exemplifies graciousness most to you? 


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Next Wednesday’s Word: ♣ Shenanigans