What Was I Thinking (Part Eight): Train, Train, Train

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 Things were right in the universe. I continued training and the donation forms continued to trickle in on a daily basis.

My mileage was growing and with just nine weeks left until the marathon, I had completed an eight mile run.  It wasn't easy, completing all eight miles.  At the two mile mark my legs were already feeling pretty sore but I battled through it.  I did stop to walk briefly at mile four because I found a dollar bill on the ground.  Boy... money was coming from everywhere!!!  This must have been the Universe's donation!  The last mile was really tough but I knew that I had to be able to finish this run strong as tomorrow would be a cross training day.

Something else happened on this run that continued through many of my other runs.  Cars were honking at me as they passed.

They did this, not because I was in their way, but they were doing this as a sign of support.  Since I had been telling everyone what I was doing and I was running locally, many of my supporters saw me train.  I liked this support as it would reinvigorate me and remind me why I was doing this.  It was for the community.

My knees felt good during the eight mile run.  I had heated them up before setting out and iced them down afterwards.  It looked as if my doctor was correct and they no longer seemed to be an issue.

The fundraising also continued to do well.  We were a little behind pace, still brining in only about $75 per week, however, there were alot of members that hadn't donated anything yet and I had received alot of promises from them as well as family members, that they would make donations.   I wasn't concerned.  I knew we would hit our mark.

Training continued with a ten mile run the following week, which was very difficult.  I ended up walking every 2 miles on that one which was fine.  I expect to walk every mile or so during the marathon and I was also told that walking would help my muscles recoop a bit. 

My mileage was increasing and my donations kept coming in.  Things were good. It was time to start planning a trip into Boston to check out those Newton Hills.

Stay tuned for What Was I Thinking (Part Nine) - Show me the Money

What Was I Thinking (Part one): In the Beginning 
What Was I Thinking (Part two): Goodbye Reality
What Was I Thinking (Part three): The Point of No Return
What Was I Thinking (Part four): Super Dave
What Was I Thinking (Part five): My Follow Through
What Was I Thinking (Part six): The Rise of Marathon Martin
What Was I Thinking (Part Seven): Doctor, Doctor.... Give Me The News



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Sky Realty South Austin - Austin, TX
Martin, Im waiting anxiously with bated breath to find out the end, please please run along to it!!! :)
Jan 30, 2008 11:18 PM #1
Cait ODonnell Donohue
Red Key Realty Leaders - Frontenac, MO
Martin- great series, looking forward to the next installment. I hope you make it!
Jan 31, 2008 12:31 AM #2
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
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Martin, I do hope when this is done that you will do a recap post containing all of these so we can go back and read the story all together. Thanks for sharing this.
Jan 31, 2008 02:47 AM #3
Elaine Hanson
Partners Trust Real Estate - Topanga, CA
REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent
Parked - honking at you.
Jan 31, 2008 02:54 AM #4
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating
Martin ~ I've been waiting and waiting for this installment!  Way to keep us hanging!  Did you realize at first why people were honking at you?  What a great way to bring the community together.  I hope you are working on the next chapter!
Jan 31, 2008 05:19 AM #5
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
Martin, how many parts will this series have?  Maybe 26.2?  I'm considering running another marathon.  My first and only one was the Marines Corps Marathon in 2004.
Jan 31, 2008 08:19 AM #6
Boston, MA

Gail - Its a marathon!!!!  Not a sprint!!!!  :-)

Cait - Thanks.  I guess I'll keep going.

Danny - Good idea!  Thanks

Elaine - Waving back!

Kathy - I hit a little writers block on this one.  Some I knew... some I didn't.

Brian - 26.2.... Great idea!!!!  Thanks

Jan 31, 2008 10:02 PM #7
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL
LOL Martin....I am still anticipating that April Fool's edition of this!
Feb 01, 2008 11:48 PM #8
Jan Wood
None - Gallatin, TN
Martin:  Parked with Elaine... honking with a pint!
Feb 02, 2008 02:32 AM #9
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around
Honk!  Honk!  Go Martin!!  YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Feb 02, 2008 06:28 AM #10
Boston, MA

BLR - Just wait dude... just wait!!!  :-)

Jan - Ah... the elusive pint!  Let me get in!!!

Brigita - Waving back!!!!  Thanks!!!!

Feb 04, 2008 07:17 AM #11
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate
EmoticonsYou got paid to run that day...every dollar counts..."someone" knew you could use that donation.
Feb 04, 2008 02:34 PM #12
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
I would pass out in the first mile. And what charity is this for may i ask?
Feb 06, 2008 04:43 AM #13
Boston, MA

Chris - Every dollar counts!  It was the Universe's donation.

Robert - Of course you may ask!  Part I and Part II explain about the charity.

Feb 07, 2008 12:26 AM #14
Ginger Sala
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC - Wilmington, NC
Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~

Martin,  I got lost on the MTA, but I'm back to cheer you on!


Feb 07, 2008 06:12 PM #15
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