Today is the start of week 7 with my running coach – Week 7!
They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit – or to become adjusted to a new routine.
It took me 7 weeks – but running 3-4 times a week, this was my 21st run.
21 times I got up, put on my
“I don’t want to” “Big Girl” shoes, grabbed my headphones, my playlist, my water, and my running plan.
21 times I did it.
8 Minutes – that is what I ran for today – my whole run was over half an hour, but I ran for 8 minutes straight –
Minute one – I’m not ready
Minute two – only 6 to go
Minute three – Maybe I cannot do this
Minute four – halfway there
Minute five – maybe I should have started slower
Minute six – two minutes to go…
Minute seven – one to go, that wasn’t so bad!
Minute eight – maybe I could have done 10!
and then there was the rest of the ladder.
But I ran for 8 minutes.
When I started this program 21 runs ago, I couldn’t run for one minute straight.
My progress may seem slow, but to me, it is exactly what I needed to do. my body is slowly changing, my waistline getting a little more definition, my abs a little tighter, loosing some of the roundness in my face.
What am I gaining?
the ability to understand my splits and pace
All things I was lacking before I started running.
I am so grateful that one Saturday morning my now coach took a chance and asked if I wanted to train with her. She asked if I wanted some guidance in my running. She led with value, and offered me the ability to find myself at my own pace. She sends reminders when it has been too long since I have run, and rejoices in my triumphs when I overcome an obstacle.
There are so many excuses I could have made – so many things I could have let get in the way yet 21 times I said yes, and today I rejoice in 8 minutes! Maybe tomorrow I will do 10.
What do you want to make a new habit?
What are the excuses you tell yourself?
Go do it! Make that change for you!
Let me be your inspiration – and you go be mine!