Meet Ramkumar, MD at Avi Networks India Pvt Ltd, a Scripbox fan, and a passionate marathoner who recently successfully completed the Berlin full marathon. Read on as he shares his unique experience of training for marathons, lessons learnt and how the same principles apply to long term wealth creation.
"I recently trained for and ran my 2nd full marathon in Berlin. It is one of the 6 World Marathon Majors. It was an out of the world experience with runners from 130+ countries. Thanks to a well-formulated albeit a very intense training plan, I was able to run the marathon with confidence and beat my previous timing by 30+ minutes - with half the run done in rain!
To look back, the hardest part of running the Berlin marathon was not running the 42 km distance itself or even the rain - but the training, the lead unto it! The training was excruciatingly hard for me. Why? Because I had taken a good 8 month-long break from running and had just 3 months to prepare. It was as good as starting from zero.
That's when I realized the importance of having a Systematic Running Plan (SRP), and more importantly - following that! It is much easier and healthier to continuously be "on-the-run" however small the weekly mileage be than to take a long break and force oneself into a very high-intensity training on a compressed schedule - I had trained upwards of 800km in the 3 months for the Berlin event. While it felt good at the end, such sudden ramp in mileage is not recommended due to the high risk of injury. I was just fortunate to not have any!
So what has this got to do with investing?
If I have to name one attribute as the most significant that running has taught me - it is patience! Steady ramping up of miles over time makes the eventual marathon lot more fun, easier and injury-free.
Likewise, build your equity asset base over time - one will be able to easily coast over the down cycles in the market.
Similar to having a Systematic "Running" Plan, stay continuously invested in the market through a Systematic "Investment" Plan. Stay away for long in either of them - it leads to a build-up of fat! One case it is body fat, while in the other it is monetary fat - aka idle cash! One is harmful to physical health while the other to financial health.
Lot more parallels come to mind, but hopefully, you get the drift! Make friends with both - SRP & SIP - they will keep you going in the long haul!
Happy running and happy investing!"