Running Marathons Will Make You Rich

running marathons will make you rich

Marathons and savvy money management are remarkably similar.

Both are hard. Both take a vision. A plan. Both take dedication. Both take persistence.

Training for a marathon is hard work – joints ache, muscles burn, the body screams for you to stop. It’s the same thing when it comes to money management – you yearn to spend, you promise yourself you’ll save tomorrow, and it’s really hard to get started.

How do I know they are similar? Because I’m doing both right now at the same time. Ok, I actually lied. I’m only training for a half marathon. Nonetheless, the principles remain the same. Let me explain.


 
Training for even a half marathon is intense. Well more intense than my “regular” workout routine. That would consist of working out based on how I was feeling which tends to fluctuate week to week. Half marathon training, on the other hand, is rigorous, fixed, and repetitive.

Instead of working out when I feel like it, I have to stick to a plan. I have to commit to keeping up with the plan or I won’t achieve my goal, which is to run 13.1094 miles (or 21.097 km).

21.097 km is a vast distance to cover. You could probably run it with no training if your life depended on it. But it’s not something most people can do without training. Training is important because you need to build up physically, but also mentally, for that distance.

Trying to go from no running to running a half marathon is like a debt-laden-spend-happy-consumer suddenly turning into a debt slayer and super saver. It takes time and training to transform yourself.

The training schedule for a half marathon is repetitive week after week, with little increases in distance run each week. It goes something like this:

MondaysStrength and Stretch

TuesdaysRun

WednesdaysRun or Cross Train

ThursdaysRun

FridaysRest

SaturdaysRun or Cross Train

SundaysLong Run

What I hope this shows is that there is a lot of commitment to training. I promise you wholeheartedly that there are many, many days where I don’t feel like staying on track. I just want to sit on the couch and watch BBC documentaries on Netflix instead. It is very hard sometimes to stay committed. But I do somehow. I grind it out. Because I have a goal that I want to achieve.

So, like training for a half marathon, it is similar with personal finance:

1) What is your goal? Visualize it.

2) Then you need to set up a plan towards attaining your goal.

3) You will need unwavering dedication.

4) You will need to be consistently persistent.

Set up a plan. Make it feasible and easy to start. Then increase the amounts you either save or pay down in debt with time. Make a personal finance blog if that helps with commitment. There are a lot of really friendly bloggers who will cheer you on and keep you accountable. It’s like having a training buddy. Then once you are in a rhythm, just keep grinding it out until you achieve your goal.

Paying off debt isn’t easy. Saving money isn’t easy. Neither is running a marathon (ok fine, half marathon). Training for one isn’t easy either. It’s a lot easier when you have a goal and create a structure, a plan, towards attaining that goal. Then you have to be fiercely dedicated and persistent. Then you’ll see progress. I promise.

Like all things in life, nothing worth doing is easy. Some things are harder than others, but it doesn’t mean we can’t achieve them.

I never dreamed I could run 21.097 km.

I never dreamed I could pay off $52,154.95 of student loan debt in my 20s.

I’m on my way towards achieving both.

You can too.

  • You’re right. They’re both tedious and require persistance. You’re doing so well with your loan pay off plan. I’m sure you’ll be ready for your half marathon too.

    • Thanks mytoughgirl! So much of everything is persistence. But don’t get me wrong, I’d love to be able to buy all sorts of toys and gadgets. But I just force myself to enjoy debt payoff and eventually it has gotten to a point where I really enjoy it!

  • Good luck with your training for the half marathon! I agree, with some hard work, dedication and support, there’s nothing that cannot be achieved.

    • Thanks Eva! I think sometimes it’s not understanding the math or the financial concepts, but understanding fundamentally that the journey to financial independence/knowledge/etc is to know that it is going to be hard work, vision, & dedication.

  • Hi Steve, I am also training for a half marathon! It’s rigorous training and sometimes I wonder what I signed up for but the experience so far has been good. All the best for your upcoming run!

    -Jasmeen

    • Thanks Jasmeen! The training definitely is intense and some days I just want to sit on the couch and vege out! Good luck with your training and your run!!

  • Good luck with training for the half marathon!! I totally agree that training for a marathon is like paying off a mountain of debt. And you will get to the end of both!!! Keep up the awesome work.

    • Thanks thisgirlsadventure! There are a lot of similarities and I think an important factor is going at the pace you are comfortable with. You to go at a pace you are comfortable with and not burn out by trying to do things quite out of your reach! Glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂

  • I was hoping this was about the actual book. It’s really all about willpower. Most people don’t have the willpower to resist that fancy new car so they thus self-perpetuate their poorness.

    • Haha sorry for the disappointment! Yes willpower, but I think people developing habits can lead to better willpower if they not yet have it when it comes to managing their finances.