21 Days. Three Weeks. You can do it.

Everything I have ever read about developing a new habit says that is takes 21 days of doing it daily to make it a new habit for you.  21 days of running before it is a habit.  I recently ran my first half marathon, I have been training for months (i.e. more than 21 days) and now it is officially a habit.  I hated it on Day 5, I despised it on Day 12, and I swore I wouldn’t run again on Day 15.  Thank goodness for my runninIMG_1127g partner, Amy, to keep me accountable, because without her, I would have quit on Day 15 for sure.  Who am I kidding?  I would have quit on Day 5!  I am so glad I didn’t quit!  I ran this morning, at 6am, in the dark, in the cold, with a freaking headlamp strapped around my head, and I really didn’t think twice about it, and I only cussed twice, which is a huge improvement!  :)

Anything that is good for you takes commitment, I haven’t found a way around this.  I have tried.  I have always thought of myself as intelligent, and pretty sure I could find a faster, easier, bionic way to do things better.  Just do the 21 days…it will probably sting for the first week, get slightly easier the second week, but by the third week you are almost home free.  And for the record, 21 seems to be magic…one time I tried to stop drinking wine, made it 18 days…still drinking that wine!  Oh well, cheers to you, my friends!  At least I am still running….