FOR the past couple of years I have endeavoured, I have endured and I have enjoyed Limerick’s toughest obstacle course - ‘Adare To Survive’.
I was there for the very first one in 2013 at the Clonshire Equestrian Centre in Adare Co. Limerick where I, along with 600 daring individuals, took to the countryside to brave the elements and not to mention the 38 man-made obstacles.
Organisers Ray Nash and Mark Tuohy pulled off a spectacular event – one that has only gotten bigger and better and this year is set to be the most daring yet.
In previous years, Brendan Ring of Cliona’s Foundation – the nominated charity – was my course partner and stuck with me for the 7.5km route.
That included scaling walls, swinging across murky waters on monkey bars, wadding through a lake, submerging oneself in a giant skip filled with ice and water and trying to avoid electric shocks.
Now perhaps I’m not painting the most appealing picture here but I can assure you – if you miss it, you are missing out.
Fun, families, friends, food and fitness all balled up into one unusual day. But the best part? That had to be the team effort.
Even if you go it alone - rest assured - if a wall is that bit too high, you will have a helping hand of a fellow ‘Adare to Survive(or)’ reaching out to give you an added boost at every step of the 7.5km route.
It’s a great atmosphere - it’s very Limerick.
How To Prepare For Race Day
Be Well Rested: Saturday should be a very quiet night in Limerick city! A top priority before the big race day is rest. Make sure that you get plenty of shut-eye and even lay off any intense gym or training sessions in the few days leading up to the race. You don’t want to risk the body being sore or tired for the big challenge that awaits you.
Eat A Substantial Breakfast: Opt for something wholesome like oats with fresh berries and a protein shake. Make sure to get it in two to three hours before your scheduled start so it’s well digested.
Don’t Reach For Energy Drinks: A cup of coffee is just as good, if not better! Add a teaspoon of coconut oil for some healthy fats - it’ll give you an added energy boost. Another great boost would be to have some fresh beetroot juice. It’s like a natural Red Bull!
Warm Up: Don’t start headlong into the course. Arrive early and complete the warm up at the start line with the other participants.
Hydrate: Don’t forget the water!
Post Run Snack: There will surely be loads of fresh fruit and snacks on offer but no harm to have a few pieces of fruit - banana and apples, some raw nuts and fresh water with you for a little snack.
Cool Down: The last thing you will probably want to do after the 7.5km is stretch but it’s vital if you want to be able to move on Monday. Spare a quick five minutes for a cool down and a stretch and you’ll be grateful you did.
Bring A Change Of Clothes: I made this cardinal error in year one and had to drive home wrapped in a borrowed towel. You will get wet, you will get dirty. There are outdoor hoses on site to wash yourself down so bring a little change of clothes for the journey home.
- Read Leanne Moore every Tuesday in the Limerick Chronicle