Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog.
This week word is Gracious.
Gracious – means courteous, kind, and pleasant: smiling and gracious in defeat
elegant and tasteful
Are you a gracious runner?
I hope you never belittle another runner. Remember we are all runners whether we are fast or slow or if we run ultra marathons or just a mile.
So what if you run faster than someone else you are both runners and winners.
Once when I was first running I was really happy because that day I was able to run 5 miles in an hour. Which was awesome for me and I told someone about it, because I was so happy? But they didn’t respond like I thought they would have. He just said well thats not hard. It may not have been for him at over six feet tall but for me it was something.It was AMAZING !
I have to say it embarrassed me at first, than I was mad at him. But now I just feel sorry for him. Don’t EVER, EVER do that, who knows what struggles that runner had to overcome in order to reach that new PR, we need to be encouragers and celebrate others accomplishments. Think before you speak and lift others up. Didn’t your mother teach you, that you can’t make yourself look better by putting others down?
If you are at the receving end of this remember you aren’t running for them ,you’re running for yourself. Don’t let other people make you and your accomplishments something less than what they are, Amazing! Don’t ever give up because of what some people may say . So be gracious and forgive them and keep going one day you may just fly past him. That may not be gracious but it would be fun.
Are you Kind ?
Do you thank the volunteers at the runs you are in. Do you say thank you and give then a big smile?Or do you complain about there not being enough water stations or porta potties , etc. ? Remember they work hard to make this race possible.
Are you pleasant to those you meet?
Do you return a greeting to fellow runners or encourage them? Do you speed past walkers without a word or do you say Hi and proceed in caution in case a child might run in front of you or something. We all need to think of others , come on I love to run but thats not what life is about.
Do you drop your gel wrappers on the ground?
Who do you think should pick that up? I hate it when I see all those wrappers on the ground at races, if you could store it in order to use it, you can store it until you see a trash can. It’s not hard and you won’t lose any time , come on we need to be thoughtful.
Do you run with a dog? I do, my dogs love it. You should be picking up his messes don’t you think? We need to treat people and our environment with respect , would you like it if someone always left there dog’s mess in your yard? Or in the park where someones kid may step it it. We need to be responsible for our own mess.
Do you spit on the road?
Think, would you want to step into it? Did you even look first before you spit to make sure you wouldn’t hit someone with it? YUCK! If you have to spit I think it would be good to spit on the side of the road in the grass if possible, it may not even take any more time.
I want be a Gracious runner don’t you, Be kind and thoughtful of others. You’ll be happier for it and others will be happier with you.
I cant say I’m always gracious but we should try our best to be the best.
2 Peter 1:2
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.