My face was swollen from the pollen in the air, my legs were aching, it was hot and I still had 3 miles to go. This was the longest run of the year (18 miles) and my car seemed impossibly far away — and in that moment, my eventual objective of the Boston Marathon seemed even further than eight weeks out.

As a CFP and an avid runner, I see so many parallels between financial and athletic goals. I have run five marathons in the past six years, so I’m used to the routine of getting race-ready — I even achieved my ambition of qualifying for the Boston race, set for April 17. But even for experienced runners, it’s a daunting race.

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