As I train to run my second marathon, I get to think a lot. Not surprisingly, I think a lot about this crusade to help others with their personal finances. There is something about running for hours at a time to help narrow in one's thoughts on a particular subject.
With that, I am starting a series called "Marathon Training Is Like …"
This should be fun.
Marathon Training Is Like … BUDGETING
I follow a marathon training plan from HalHigdon.com. I used a plan from Hal's web site back in 2006 when training for my first marathon, and it worked very well. (By the way – Hal has training plans for all lengths of races and all levels of runners.)
This plan that I am following has several "short" runs during the week and a long run on the weekend.
Today was the day for my weekly long run, but I am in Illinois staying at a hotel. It was a beautiful day, so I went out and started running. I ended up finding a good loop that took me about six minutes to run.
I needed to run six miles today, so I decided to run ten of the six minute laps.
Here is how marathon training is like BUDGETING – I wanted to quit three laps in to it, and it was so EASY to quit. I mean, each lap brought me right back past the entrance to the hotel I am staying at! I just wanted to STOP. I had lots of excuses …
- I could run more next week (I could put off budgeting until next month)
- It was too hard (Budgeting is too hard)
- I don't have to run the marathon (I'm OK with my dreams being delayed or canceled)
- I'm thirsty and I want water (I want to go out to eat – who cares if there is no money)
- No one else is running (I don't know anyone else who is budgeting their money)
In the end, I made the CHOICE to keep running. I finished in an excellent time and now I get to enjoy the personal accomplishment, the health benefits, and I am another step closer to smashing my two brothers in the January 2009 Chevron Houston Marathon.
Because Jenn and I make the CHOICE every month to plan our spending with a monthly budget AND we CHOOSE to follow that plan, we are able to accomplish our plans, hopes, and dreams!
So can you!