Marathon Training Is Like

Marathon Training Is Like … Investing

NOTE: If you are a runner or athlete of any type, you will know exactly what I mean by this post.

Ever had days where you feel invincible?  I had one of those days on Monday.  I went to the gym for my planned lunch hour run, and I felt incredible.  I cranked up the treadmill to a fast pace (for me), and I ran for five miles.  I felt GREAT!  I ran five miles at a pace of 7:54/mile.  No stress.  No problems.  Cake.

Have you ever had a day where you feel like you were up to your neck in concrete?  On Tuesday, I went to the gym for my planned lunch hour run, and I felt awful.  AWFUL.  I cranked up the treadmill to a speed slightly faster than a turtle could craw, and it hurt so bad.  It was dreadful.  It was so bad that I wanted to stop after running one mile.  ONE mile.  I was thinking, "If it is hurting this bad to run one mile, why on earth have I signed up to run 26.2 miles again!!?!"  I stuck it out and ended up running three miles before quitting.  It felt horrible.  Even after I had stopped, I still felt horrible.

That is exactly what it feels like when I am investing.  My money is there for the long haul, and I continue to invest because it makes a lot of sense to do so.  There are times that I want to check the investment account every day because it is going up up up up up …  There are other times that I can not even bear to look at the account.  It takes everything in me to check on it because it is going down down down down …

See marathon training is like investing!  There is a long-term pay-off even with all of the ups and downs.  At the end of all this training, I will be able to run 26.2 miles and celebrate with an awesome dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.  At the end of all of this investing, I will be able to leave a legacy for my family.  There will ups.  There will be downs.  The joy of the journey and the pay-off is worth every up and down.

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