What Was I Thinking (Part Two): Goodbye Reality

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 Running.... thinking.... running... one foot after another.... thinking... jump over the snow bank.... thinking....

It was a pleasant run.

One foot after another..... concentrate on my breathing..... over the snow bank.... this is nice.... one foot after another....

I was feeling good. I felt comfortable and was getting into a rhythm.  I was concentrating on breathing.... inhale on three steps.... exhale on three steps... inhale on three steps... exhale on three steps.  It was very hypnotic and I was enjoying the run. This is actually pretty typical for me to enjoy that first run back in 'un-oval' mode as it usually takes a few times out before I'm reminded how much I don't like running. 

As I'm heading down the road... concentrating on my breathing.... my mind started to play... well started to play mind games.  I was being convinced.... by me.... that this wasn't bad.  My mind started telling me that all I really need is motivation to keep running.... to continue my efforts at getting back into shape.  My mind was sure that I do like to run.... with the proper motivation.

Thinking.... what if I could get someone to pay me to run.... that would be great!  Maybe I could get them to pay me for each mile I run.  That would certainly keep my motivation up.  I could run myself rich and get into shape.

Thinking.... one foot after another.... look out for the ice patch.... breathe.... breathe.... thinking....

I could make a ton of money if they'd pay me!  But who would pay me to run.  No one.... of course.  It's a funny thought though.....

Thinking.... jump over the snow.... thinking..... running.... this is kinda fun..... I don't know why I don't like running.... breathe.... breathe...

I was also thinking of our building.  We have such a great family oriented community and it's really too bad that our building is in such disrepair.  I wish there were more I could do to help them with this problem.  How are we going to raise the money we need?  There has got to be some kind of fund-raiser that could bring in more than the typical $1,000.  That's just not going to get us there.

Thinking.... running... breathing.... unshoveled sidewalk... onto the street... running.... breathing....

Hey... what if they paid the synagogue for each mile I ran.  Since I like running I could probably raise alot of money.  Just think, I told myself, if I found ten people to pay me $1 for each mile I ran..... hmmmm..... I'd have to run alot of miles.....

Breathing..... one foot after the other..... back onto the sidewalk..... breathing..... thinking.....

A race... that's what I need.  Maybe I could sponsor a race and run ten miles around town.  If I found 20 people to sponsor me $1 for each mile I ran.... hmmmm.... that's only $200.  That wouldn't do it.  I'd have to make the race longer, like a marathon; 26 miles!  If I had $20 per mile in a marathon... that would be.... $520.  Still not enough.

Look out for the other jogger.... breathing.... breathing.... one foot after the other.... thinking....

This is where my mind took over again.  I stopped seeing the road.  I stopped seeing snow banks.  I stopped any rational thought.  I started seeing dollar signs.... $200 per mile .... $500 per mile... $1000 per mile... If I could get $1000 per mile, I could raise $26,000!  That's what I'll do!  I'll run the Boston Marathon and get friends, familly and membership to sponsor me $1,000 per mile that I actually complete!

My mind .... well.... it had a mind of its own.  I felt good on my three miles.  How much further could 26 miles be.  Really, it shouldn't be that bad.  I wouldn't have to finish in any type of record time.  I could walk if I wanted.  I could handle that!  What a great idea!

Little did I know that in three months.... it would all end in pain and tears.

Boy..... I can't wait to get home to tell my wife!

Stay tuned for What Was I Thinking (Part three): The Point of No Return


See What Was I Thinking (Part one): In the Beginning


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Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties
Martin, I am waiting for Part 3....tap, tap, tap, tap. You have got me here.....can't wait! Good work and I am looking forward to the next installment!
Jan 11, 2008 12:32 AM #1
Nancy Brenner
Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc. - Roswell, GA
Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent
Run, Martin, Run!!!!  I'd sponser you in a heart beat!
Jan 11, 2008 12:39 AM #2
Jan Wood
None - Gallatin, TN
Martin:  You're beginning to remind me of Forrest Gump...how long are you going to run.   I don't like waiting. Instant gratification is what I'm seeking and I'm not finding it.  I'll send you $x, anything, just let this be over!!  Get to Part III, soon!
Jan 11, 2008 01:00 AM #3
Elaine Hanson
Partners Trust Real Estate - Topanga, CA
REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent
Pain & tears!  Parked.
Jan 11, 2008 03:12 AM #4
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating
Martin ~ Oh for God's sakes!  I see what you are doing here - there is no end to this story, is there?  You'll do a part 3, then 4, then 5; it's going to be like that kids movie "The Land Before Time" (I think they are up to 11 now)!   Besides, I thought your "Guilty Music Pleasures" post ended in "pain and tears" - why do you keep doing that to yourself? ; )
Jan 11, 2008 08:18 AM #5
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
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Martin, you are driving me crazy. Tell me that part 3 will be out this weekend.
Jan 11, 2008 09:50 AM #6
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate
I'm staying tuned to the same Bat Time, same Bat Channel for installement 3 . With your previous post about the number 4...are there going to be 4 parts to this?
Jan 11, 2008 12:55 PM #7
Ginger Sala
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC - Wilmington, NC
Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~

Martin, Man I am so exhausted from following you on your run. I got to go take a nap. Wake me up for part  3!

Jan 11, 2008 02:07 PM #8
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL
LOL Martin..knowing you...when I ws reading your..running and snow banks..I was waiting for the...had to stop to pee my name in the snow comment and then jumped the snow bank..LOL
Jan 11, 2008 09:20 PM #9
Boston, MA

Jeanean - Glad you liked.... now... if I could just remember what happened next!

Nancy - I'm running... I'm running!!!  How am I supposed to finish the story now?!

Jan - Life is like a box of chocolates..... don't ask me why... but it is!

Elaine - Did you get a good spot?

Kathy - It's a marathon.... I'm thinking 26!

Danny - Probably monday.  Sorry dude.

Chris - I hated when that show did that!!!  I'm thinking 26... it IS a marathon.

Ginger - Enjoy your nap.

BLR - Oops... forgot to put that part in!

Jan 12, 2008 02:14 AM #10
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
OKAY...I'm off to read Part Three. Part Two sounds nice, but you mentioned something about pain and tears.
Jan 14, 2008 10:28 AM #11
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