Running’s a Lot Like Investing

Running’s changed my life. It’s given me confidence, strength to take on challenges, opportunities to travel my country and the world, and the chance to meet interesting and amazing people. It’s given me deep and lasting friendships and my husband, the love of my life!

In many ways running’s a lot like investing.

Get Started

This is often the hardest part (second only to keeping it going). It’s difficult to overcome our doubts. Can we, should we, will we? How can we make the time or fit anything more into our busy schedules? Do I deserve this? Will I be successful and what if I’m not?

Take Small Steps

Begin slowly, increase steadily. Give your mind and body time to adjust to this new adventure. It’s tempting either to do too much, or give in, too soon. You could then end up hurt, wanting to quit before you’ve really got going, or quitting too soon before you’ve reached your goal.

Seek Expert Advice

Do some research and learn what you can on your own. Visit websites, read magazines and books. Go outside of yourself, learn from others. Find a coach, talk to other runners or join a club.

Focus on the Benefits

Rewards are our reasons to get out of bed in the morning. Thinking about the payoff and not the pain helps us lace up our running shoes. Running gives us a stronger heart and lungs, weight loss, a lean and muscular body, stress relief, and a healthy lifestyle; we look and feel good.

Have a Plan

Put together a training plan and set aside time to do it. Make exercise a priority in your life.

Set Goals

Set realistic short (weekly/monthly) and long term (6-12 months) goals and continually review and adjust them. Write your goals on a sticky note; place it on the fridge or the mirror, by your bed, or at the office to keep you motivated.

Stay Focused

It’s easy to find reasons to put off your running: the weather, you’re tired, too busy, travel, etc. Pat yourself on the back that you have the determination and discipline to get moving and to keep your goal in mind.

Believe

People may doubt your staying power. They’ll tell you that it’s risky, that you shouldn’t even try. Ignore all the noise, stick to your plan and keep the faith.

Accept Setbacks

They’ll be bumps in the road along the way. You may get injured, ill or feel discouraged. Sometimes you would anyway. You’ll make mistakes so learn from these and move forward.

Have fun

Find ways to make your running more enjoyable. Explore trails and parks and soak in the nature’s beauty. Join with friends and make it social. Celebrate your successes along the way.

With running and investing I’ve learned more about who I am and what I’m willing to risk or not. I’ve had some success but in today’s financial market I’ve had some setbacks. But I’m in for the long haul. Investing is a marathon not a sprint and that suits more my style.

Running, like investing, if you put in the effort you’ll see results over time.