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The Rome Marathon (10th April)

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Overview

Event Type: Road/cobbled stones marathon with undulations and clear views of ancient historical ruins. Time limit = 7:30 hours
Weather: Started at 10 degs C and went up to 18 degs C. Very sunny but loads of shade from buildings and trees.
Expo: Provides an insight to lots of other European marathons as well as has the normal retail running stuff at discount prices.
Goody Bag: A backpack that doubles up as your drop bag; technical t-shirt; pasta (of course); some snacks; drink; plasters and a cloth bag to put it all into.
Support: Probably the best we’ve experienced so far! Normally the back of the back pack is quiet…..here Medi was treated like a celebrity all the way by both runners and spectators.

Reflections

The expo, 2 days before, was an eventful day with a number of invites to participate in various city marathons to promote curbing the hunger for disposible plastics.

Before accepting I wanted to see how Rome would go. I do have reservations about large city marathons. London was marred with meeting gangs of kids in Greenwich and Limehouse who decided Ted (my tyre) should be pulled and stepped on. Also whilst heading towards Canary Wharf, 1/2 full plastic bottles of water and energy drinks, dropped by runners, were lobbed at us by individuals who thought Ted would be a fun target.

New York: Verrazano Bridge was littered with “trip over” clothing dropped on the bridge by runners and immediately after the bridge the initial spectators were hostile, yelling at me to take the tyre off and run the event properly. Later some “serious” runners told me I had taken the place of a “serious” runner.

Singapore has been the only big city marathon that has always been kind to my tyres (Tring and Trang) but the heat and humidity is hell to endure!

A Cunning Plan

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Medi pretending to be a shield

5 days before the big day, the organisers warned me that the Rome security will not allow me to take Medi into the starting pen due to the recent suicide bombings at Brussels.

I thought if I dressed up as a gladiator and pretended my tyre was a shield they might let Medi in. However security waved the “no no” finger at me, saying “no baggio”…despite showing Medi was not a bag, the Roma polizia pretty much told me Medi would not be allowed into the party!

Medi had a better plan, she would meet me a little after the start. Of course the Roman Gods were watching over, and my trusty friend Uncle would take and wait with Medi about 800m from the start….

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…Cos nothing would stop Medi from being part of this event…..The crowd cheered. The runners cheered and Medi became an instant celebrity.

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Incidences: At 15km, a guy nearly won a Darwin award when he banged into the barriers as he tried to take a selfie with Medi. Fortunately he was ok, although a little embarrassed. At 30km, one tired runner decided to see if I would drag him along with Medi. Medi must have said something, because he got off and looked embarrassed.

Running Discovery: When you’re in the run and your body begins to feel the “toughness”, reflecting back on training runs, thinking of people, and doing mind occupation tricks helps a little. But as time passes on, negativity will fight to win and sometimes the body follows for a short while (for me this can occur after 4 hours until the 6th hour) until the positive light is reignited. How can one ensure those negative thoughts never surface?

This time I approached the visualisation differently and worked this into my bed time routine some days before. Before I went to bed, I focused on the time I wanted to achieve (6:50) and how I wanted to feel throughout especially after the 25km mark. Once my brain was experiencing the positive feeling of success, I acknowledged and thanked the feeling. I repeated this 3 times before I went to sleep then let it go and got on with sleeping.

(note the last long run was a near 50km at the Green Ultra Challenge and it was a tough sluggish 9+ hours)

During the run, the normal vacant head feeling after 4 hours of being on my feet was hardly noticeable, as I focused on the body form and aligned all feelings with the visualised feeling I wanted. It was incredible and what a feeling of power!

Memories of the Rome marathon: smiling faces, oodles of encouragement to keep on with the message of reducing disposible plastic; oodles of encouragement all along the marathon route from both runners and spectators; meeting people from Modesto and Santa Rosa marathons; smiling sun and cool stretches; tree lined streets; amazing Roman architecture; enjoying the city tour; centaurian lined finish……and a big fat PB of 6:50:10…..beating my last PB of 6:55 at Richmond Park marathon a couple of years ago.

Will be testing this visualisation further especially as it helps me to sleep đŸ™‚

Hope to return to Rome again in the future to see a more conscious reduction of disposible plastic and next time expect my “bros to run” brothers to be waiting for me at the finish! đŸ˜‰

Thank you Rome marathon for hosting me xxxx

This is my favourite city marathon!

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Training Medi (8th April)

8 April 2016 schedule:

4.5 km walk to Ambrit International School to talk at 10am and run around with 7-11 year old children
5.4 km walk with Roman tyre Medi to Palazzo dei Congressi to get race information and gee up folk at the expo
2.5 km walk back to the accommodation

….a great warm up for the marathon 2 days later.

First school talk to 7-11 year olds.

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Gotta say, I loved talking to this age. This is the age where everything is possible. It really is a place many “grown ups” need to get back to.

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I asked: “What do you want to be?” So many had ideas, but the wonderful Nina put it so succinctly what so many in the room thought and so many us need to find: “I don’t know what I want to be, I know that I just want to be me!”

We think we know who we are and yet we can forget who we are are and become what society wants us to be. Or we can drift through life never allowing ourselves to grow as we hold ourselves in a safety box with so many stifling “I can’t” boundaries.

More people need to challenge those boundaries and say “I can try”.

Anyhow back to Medi’s training. What happens when you roll a pledge tyre into a playground?

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What happens when a racing tyre joins in?

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Everyone wants to join in!

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And then we have loads of races….

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Yah to the school yard Tyre Races!

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Medi has proved herself in the school yard runs.  We will be back to check on how “Pledgy” has got on.

At the expo – Medi was unstoppable

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….sucking up signatures from 12pm-8pm

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Medi was ready for the Rome marathon and her puller now needed a rest…..

The Birth of Medi

8th April 2016: Ambit International School.

Once upon a time, Italy was an amazing empire that intertwined nature and technology.

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But in the 1980s apparently a time bomb of radioactive toxic wastes was sunk into the Mediterranean Seas. In the 1990s, Naples’s untreated municipal waste was found dumped into sites that are leaking toxic waste into the ground water and back into the seas. The effects of toxic waste on humans in the Campania region has been under investigations. And even recently waste management had been a hot topic in the news: See Reuters

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The Council of the Roman Gods had a pow-wow about the errant ways of societies within their beloved Italy. Some of the Gods heads fell off as they could not believe the irresponsibility of the trusted.

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Minerva devised a plan and got the Rome Marathon to allow the Tyre Lady into their marathon. She called for a tyre called Medi to go to Earth to highlight the problems that are affecting the Mediterranean Seas.

The problem is that Medi neither has legs nor wings and could not guarantee to roll down the mountain where the Gods lived. Minerva called for the Discus thrower to plant the image of Medi into the minds of Eilidh and Annie.

 

DiscusMedi And so Medi came to Eilidh and Annie in a dream and soon created Medi to represent the toxic waste that is a time bomb waiting at the bottom of the Mediterranean Seas. They want the Tyre Lady to tell everyone that we can be responsible for our trash by reducing our single use trash. If a lady can drag a tyre in a marathon, we can use a little bit of effort to bring our own bottles, cutlery, plates, cups…..where ever serves plastic!

 

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Medi’s creators passing on a symbol to the Tyre Lady