Although I like to hear people chatting away, on the day, we won't have time to chat. My run is your fast walking pace. This means whilst you can comfortably talk to me when you are beside me, I will be gasping for air. If you should chance upon me from mile 20 onwards, and unless there is time in the bag (there rarely is), I will be looking to finish the event before the end time.
So what is with the tyre?
The tyre has become my buddy in all 39 marathons I have completed. For the McDowell Mountain marathon, I will be taking Reu.
I had to find an incentive and so I entered the Singapore marathon, Dec 2006, since it is where I grew up and is my family home. I managed to do some training towards it (looking back it was pretty pathetic), and then in Dec I coyly stepped onto the line at the back of the crowd of marathon runners. On that day, I had a number of people/reporters tell me I would not complete the marathon and secondly I was only a woman!!! So with pure determination, I completed the marathon and went on to complete 2 others and one 40 miler before going to the North Pole.
Yes it is a burden pulling a tyre. Many have told me to drop the tyre - I would be soo much faster!.. but I have a challenge to fulfill. What has kept me going is being able to highlight the burden of trying to reduce our own trash and our consumption of resources in our rapidly developing societies.
Now you might have heard about the great plastic oceans. There is plastic in all oceans and someone has provided a conservative estimate of about 315 billion pounds (143 million tonnes) - some say is twice the size of Texas! So the yearly rate of plastic trash, the US creates, amounts to about just under 1/2 the size of Texas (if my maths is correct).
I need your help, 'cos many people can make a difference.....to pledge to reduce your single use plastic trash. Make BYO (Bring Your Own) your mojo. BYO:
- Thermal cups for take away coffees
- Take out containers for take away
- Bag for shopping
- Bottles for water
Please sign my tyre as your pledge :-) and let us jointly guide the next generations.
Thank you for reading and see you on the 7th Dec!