I Ran An Obstacle Course Race – With My DAD!

Yes, really…

& he didn’t completely hate it!

Okay, in all fairness my Dad is only 53 (my parents had me very young) and run’s several half marathons each month, so 12km wasn’t going to be a huge issue for him. But, how would he fare with all the Obstacles? The Mud? The Water?

With all this in mind, I got up early and helped out at bag drop before we took on the Uventure Run (formally ‘The Iron Run’).

There’s an important reason I want to share this, my Dad is a Type 1 Diabetic, which is something that is still wildly misunderstood by many people. Being a diabetic doesn’t mean you can’t partake in sport, or that you are obese, not forgetting the fact you could be accused of being a drug addict due to the fact you have to inject insulin.

Due to the fact he needed to carry his kit with him, we both avoided the water obstacles but the lovely Lee and Lorraine did a fantastic job of taking these on for us!

The course is a natural trail route with a huge emphasis on hills, and natural obstacles which is something I generally prefer. I ran this event last year and they reversed the route this year, which in all honestly I found pretty tough at times, but we can only improve with practice.

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I had a small personal best with the monkey bars, I like to celebrate the little victories! Lorraine, Lee and Dad flew along with ease and comfort, I can’t say that the monkey bars with hanging tyres were as successful for us though, you win some and you lose some.

Running and jumping over fire is pretty exciting, not the average Saturday morning for us ‘Hey Dad, let’s go and jump over some fire pits, it’ll be fun?’.

Personally, I really like this event, I think it’s well organised and a wonderful setting, however, when training I’d advise that it’s important to focus on upper body strength. I was caught out of a few times thanks to a complete lapse in confidence and overall strength, some of the wall climbs were significantly higher than previously too.

When it comes to walls, might I add it’s not just the traditional wooden walls you find on an obstacle course races, expect to be climbing stone walls too! It’s a good job the old man used to be my climbing partner, amusingly he fared much better than I with the climbs.

One of the best parts was seeing my lovely Mum waiting at the finish line (with tea! Yes, she brought tea!) Then everyone gathered at ours in the evening for a gloriously social BBQ, what better way to end a muddy day?

Tell me, have you ever ran a race with a family member before?

Katie

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4 Comments

  1. August 13, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Ahhhh I love this! I regularly run with both my parents, have done several obstacle courses with mum, cycling sportives with both of them and play touch rugby and netball. Think I know where I get my active streak from…

    • Katie G
      August 17, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      That’s fabulous that you can run with both parents, I wish my Mum was sporty. I’m not naturally fit (or as fast as you, oh how I envy your pace) but I LOVE the concept of fitness with family 🙂 My partner played rugby with his Dad & Brother, it’s moments like that which stay with us…

  2. August 14, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    How fantastic! Tea at the finish too- sounds pretty perfect!
    I’ve run a few races with my dad- the last one was a half marathon (his first since he was in his 20’s) and it was so enjoyable as we ran at a comfortable pace and chatted the whole way.

    • Katie G
      August 17, 2017 / 7:39 pm

      Oh, there were brownies in the car too – Encase we needed a snack, gosh I love her. That’s fabulous that you ran a half marathon together, it’s a great way to have a social catch up!

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