MARATHON

Dave O'Brien Eire

Type of sport: Marathoner- Ultra/Extreme Events

City: Cork, Ireland

Date of birth: 9 January 1954

Height: 1m81

Weight: 68 kg

400 + Races all over the world

41 Marathons, ie Belfast, Boston, Berlin, Cork, Dublin, London, Memphis, Vienna

Fastest time – 2:58:11

Irish record for climbing the 7 highest peaks (all over 3,000 feet) in 23hrs28min.

2 x television reality Survival Shows :

1995 : GB Survival Show – Ireland, 2002 : Treasure Island, Fiji)

6x 250K Self sufficiency Ultra Races, carrying all food, clothes, sleeping bag, medical supplies, survival gear, water etc. for the week on your back). Each over 6 days :

The Sahara Desert 1998 (250K Marathon des Sables)

The Sahara Desert 2000 (250K Marathon des Sables)

The Atacama Desert in Chile 2010, 12 weeks later, The Gobi Desert in China, 12 weeks later, The Sahara Desert in Egypt AND 5 WEEKS LATER - Antarctica (250K Racing the Planet)

In 2010 Dave became the only Irish man ever, one of a handful of competitors in the world and the oldest man on the planet to complete the four harshest Deserts in a 38 week period, carrying everything on his back to survive.

Have you noticed an improvement in your energy and vitality levels?
As one gets older, many think, in fact almost expect to have less energy and vitality. However, since I started taking Juice PLUS+ ® almost 16 years ago, my energy and vitality levels have noticeably increased.

Have you experienced an improvement in recovering from muscle soreness?
Muscle Soreness Recovery has been a feature and main benefit for me from taking Juice PLUS+® , particularly after my longer runs. Having run 250 Kilometres across the Atacama Desert in March this year and 12 weeks later 250 Kilometres across the Gobi Desert in China, I can tell you it was not an issue, this is quite remarkable. Bearing in mind that I am 56 years of age and running against competitors half my age, some who were suffering from muscle fatigue.
Let me give you an example. Day 5 in these Ultra Races is always "The Long Day". The long day in the Gobi Desert took me 26 hours 56 minutes, helping a young 26 year old man (the age of one of my sons) across the finishing line.
Not only did I not have muscle soreness I did not have it the following day either, not bad for a 56 year old man, on his feet for almost 27 hours, carrying 10Kg on his back in extreme heat and with no sleep. The Juice PLUS+® Fruit, Vegetable and particularly the Vineyard Blend had a major impact on my cardiovascular wellness i.e circulation etc. I also used the Juice PLUS+® Complete to fuel my body to repair, getting my carbohydrate and protein in perfect balance. That wonderful slow release of natural sugars from plant life, from mother nature.

Have you noticed a better resistance to tiredness?
Living a busy life, running my own business, running across Deserts and lot of travelling around the world, you would imagine tiredness would be an issue for me, however tiredness has had little place in my life since being on Juice PLUS+®. I have boundless energy and I often get asked what socket I am plugged into, I say "Juice PLUS+®. "

Have you experienced an improvement in your general well-being?
I have experienced so many benefits from taking Juice PLUS+®, in fact I am so used to feeling "well" all the time, I suppose you could say I have taken it for granted. My immune system is amazing, even tiredness is not an issue.

Have you noticed yourself eating more fruits and vegetables?
I must say I was never a great fruit eater and would only take my usual two or three "cooked" vegetables with my dinner. No real variety and no raw veg. A few months into taking Juice PLUS+® I noticed my food choices, particularly when snacking were changing. Very subtle initially, then more noticeable. I started to eat more fruit and a wider variety of vegetables, more salads, nuts and grains.

Why is Juice PLUS+® important for you?
Juice PLUS+® for me is a "no brainer". It is important for me for several reasons.
(a) At 56 years of age I want to continue to have the "health" that I have to enjoy my family and my life, for many years to come.
(b ) It is so important to me for repair and recovery. As an athlete I create a lot of exercise induced oxidative stress, not good, so having 26 servings of raw food in my bloodstream, my antioxidant level soars and my free radical damage is reduced.
(c) It is about stacking the cards in my favour. It is about prevention. It is and will always be, "my insurance policy".

Why did you decide to take Juice PLUS+®?
Juice PLUS+® made sense to me after hearing an Irish Olympic swimmer explain the benefits from eating a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, particularly raw and the benefits he found himself. He talked about recovery and repair, about high doses of antioxidants in the blood stream and significant reduction in free radical damage. That day I can honestly say that I took ownership and responsibility of my health.

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