Money Lessons from Marathon Running Training and Fitness – TheStreet

By Jane Mepham

This morning I struggled to complete my easy one hour run, something I normally do on autopilot. At 40 minutes into the run, my back was hurting, my legs were on fire, and mentally, I was ready to give up and turn around. What kept me going were the words of my coach, “The first three weeks back are going to be tough, but don’t give up if you want to succeed.”

Jane Mepham

This is day one of the three weeks.

Getting your finances in order takes time and dedication. For most people, it’s working with a financial advisor to understand where you are and where you want to go. Then getting a plan in place for that goal. For others, it starts with a budget, or a one-time plan that gives you a road map for moving forward.

It’s a process that needs to be maintained. Once you have your finances on cruise control, it gets a little easier to go. You might need to do some course correction every now and again, but it gets a lot easier moving forward.

The toughest thing is simply to get started.

I have completed a couple races, all the way from 5ks to half-marathons. One of my goals is to complete a full marathon. When I started contemplating this goal, I realized I would need the help of a running coach. I knew how important it was to work with an expert. This person would guide me on the path, helping me avoid injuries and improving my overall fitness, endurance and speed. If I’m going to spend the time training, then I want to be at my best.

This is very similar to getting your personal finances in order. It helps to work with the right expert, whether it’s a financial coach, financial advisor or groups that will help you get on the right path for your situation.

A financial coach will educate you on the basics of personal finance. He or she will help …….


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