Things I've Learned in the Past Year

diane finish2As you all know if you read our blogs, Kathy Clark is a serious runner. I have been running for about 20 years, but my strategy up until now has been to lope along, maybe 3 miles a couple of times a week until I’m injured, then take a year or two off, gain 5 or 10 unwanted pounds, then start running again to get back in shape; obviously, I have not been a serious runner! I say “up until now,” because up until now I wasn’t being coached by Kathy. So, in no particular order, here are a few things I’ve learned since I started running (again) early last summer:

• Have someone coach you – you can’t coach yourself! You can’t be objective and it’s too easy to sit on the couch unless someone is encouraging you and reminding you of how much better you feel after you run…even during tax season. • Don’t go it alone – if you run over 3 miles, you can get really, really bored with your own thoughts, no matter how amusing and witty you are, so find a friend or a group. You’ll learn more about the sport and you won’t bore yourself. • Headlamps, clip-on blinking lights, and reflective clothing are your friends! • Winter eventually ends….which is good, because you can’t run on ice. You can, however, run when it is 18 degrees outside if there’s not ice on the path. Non-runners will think you’re nuts, but you won’t care because you’ll feel fabulous! • Strengthen your core – cross-train, or “diversify” as they say in our business. It will help prevent injury to ankles, knees, and hips. • Set a realistic goal – you can’t measure performance unless you set a goal. My goal is to run a 10K in the first half of the year – not that far by the standards of most of the runners I know, but reachable for me. • Once you reach that goal, set another one – if you can run 3 miles, you can run 4. If you can run 4 miles, you can run 5. There is not a doubt in my mind that after I run the 10K, Kathy will give me 2 days to recover and then she will hand me a training schedule for my first half marathon. Not. A. Doubt. • Reward yourself – In my case, it’s with really cute running clothes from Athleta. (This is not a recommendation to buy an individual stock – I just like their clothes!) • Get excited about your accomplishments - your loved ones will exhibit more patience than you probably deserve when you bore them with all the details of your distance and pace and your heart rate (apologies to my husband), but if you share your excitement, you’ll see improvement in your performance. If your loved ones get tired of hearing you talk, talk to other runners…we never get bored with each other!

In compiling that list, I just realized that most of those 9 bullet points apply to saving for retirement and investing…except for #3, perhaps, although I bet I could stretch that into a metaphor. At HMC Partners, we can help coach you in strengthening that core, setting goals, and supporting you with communication and service. Dash on by and see us!