Training Is An Investment: It Builds Over Time

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Sep. 26, 2013
The training time you put in now will pay off down the road. Photo:


Listen to any investment specialist and they will tell you that diversification is the key to success. Putting all your money in one market or investment vehicle is a surefire way to come up short of your investment goals.

The same principle applies to running. Putting all the focus on your long run during marathon training or concentrating on only speed work when you’re training for the 5K is a guaranteed way to fail. Likewise, always training for the same race distance is an easy way to ensure that your progress stagnates. Like diversification in investing, it seems so obvious, yet it’s one of the most common reasons runners struggle.

Your takeaway: Approach your training like your retirement account. Diversify your workouts and vary the types of races you train for each year. Doing so will make you a well-rounded runner and help you achieve your goals.

None of the above should be construed as investment advice. However, you should consider it great training advice and apply the principles to your training. Do you have questions or your own investment parallels? Let’s hear them in the comments section below.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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