Many executives use exercise as an outlet for their energy and as a way to stay fit and energized. While working incredibly long days at the office, it makes sense that running would be an ideal outlet for the busy executive, as it doesn’t box the runner into time or space constraints. Running can be done early in the morning or at the last hours of the day, from any city where the business person might find him or herself.
As Suellen Hughes, a marathon runner and creator Transforme for executive coaching explains on a blog post, running marathons and businesses are very similar. She wrote that there are some obvious similarities between marathon running and running a business, “like the need to have a vision, long and short term goals, a plan, and the metrics to tell you whether or not you’re on track.” Furthermore, she explains that training for a marathon takes a lot of time and that planning and scheduled activities are vital for both running and running businesses.
Similarly, Seth Fischer of Oasis Management is a business executive in Hong Kong. He finds the time to juggle his incredibly busy work schedule with marathon running. The list of his marathon wins and participations is long and full. He was a first race winner in the Lantau Mountain Marathon half marathon race on January 9, 2011; In the Hysan Healthy Hike & Run in Hong Kong, he placed third overall on March 18, 2012. After that race, he said, “Just happy I finished. Very hot conditions.” During one race, on January 31 of 2010, he actually confused the starting times and was last to start the half marathon. Nonetheless, he managed to come in 6th overall.
Another avid runner, Griselda K. Togobo, is the founder of AWOVI Consulting Ltd. This is a company that is devoted to increasing the success rate and profits of small business in America. After she was accepted to run across the north of England on September 16th with 54,000 runners, Togobo started to notice how running and running businesses are similar. As she wrote, “As I found out, training for a marathon (just like growing a successful business) needs more than the average prescribed routines. You need to work on your stamina. To make real progress towards your goals, you need to run the real course, train with the right people, eat right and stay on course with the right training and mindset. You need to push yourself outside of your comfort competencies stretching yourself to develop stamina. Stamina is something most small business owners don’t have, the least sign of trouble and most people shut down and give up.”
Certainly, these marathon runners and the many other business executives like them who combine their passions can learn important skills from both their running and their business lives.