12 Weeks to the Seattle Spartan Super ~ A Mom’s Journey

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On one hand 12 weeks seems like a long time away and then the panic sets in and I’m telling myself, “I am nowhere near ready for a Spartan Race, much less a Spartan Super!!”


It’s more of a stress test to create overall stronger people. Everyday life is full of difficult obstacles. How we handle those obstacles determines how our day, our week, or our year goes.

First Obstacle to Spartan Training

My little family of 6 went back to Minnesota last week to visit extended family and attend a Christmas Family Reunion. It was so wonderful to see family we haven’t seen in over a year. It was hard on the body though too. I was used to eating well, working out hard and keeping busy. This trip I relaxed more, still got a workout in each day, but ate like CRAP! Yikes, a week off can really hurt.

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Then a Few More Obstacles to My Training

“For every obstacle we face, there is a solution.” ~Joe DeSena

So I’m back to my workouts this week and I’m feeling it. I’m not doing what I was doing the week before we left, but probably because I have 4 more pounds I’m carrying around too and we came home to quite a bit of added stress we weren’t expecting this week. So as we navigate the mental stress our family is going through right now and I try to get my body back to handling the physical stress it was used to I’m really feeling it. This is one of those weeks I keep telling myself –


While on our trip I read the book Spartan Fit! By Joe DeSena – Founder of Spartan Races. If you have a chance to read this book you gotta do it!! I loved this book! I loved the history it gives about who the Spartans were and what the meaning behind these races is.

Over these next few weeks I will be sharing some excerpts from this book that just spoke right to me, but I recommend you get the book yourself. If you are planning to run a Spartan Race this book is a MUST-HAVE!!


Back to the Grind of Spartan Training and Daily Life

My plan this week was to put together a 12 week training plan incorporating all I have read on the internet, read in Joe DeSena’s book and watched on YouTube videos. All of this along with my background and knowledge in fitness has me excited to put together a plan specific for Moms because getting workouts in is difficult. Very difficult.

One thing I have lived by for so many years and teach my children over and over is —

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There is no way a person can accomplish a feat like completing a Spartan Race without prior planning. You need to plan your time, your workouts, your nutrition, your recovery, your gear and, and for us moms, childcare! I am blessed with an amazing Tribe of Moms here in Washington. They have been there for my family and I through so many trials and tribulations and many of them have teenagers looking to make some money so I’m going to take advantage of this. They will earn some money and I will get some time to do long training sessions that would be difficult to take 4 kids along to.


Where to Start With Planning For A Spartan Race

  1. Research

    1. Spartan.com is your one-stop shop for everything Spartan. They do not hold back in the information they have available to you, except in the details of every obstacle they have. They have nutrition plans, training plans, a place to sign up for races, learn about the obstacles and more.
    2. Sign up for the Spartan Newsletter and WOD (Workout of the Day)! They will send you all kinds of important information up to race day and after.
    3. Read Spartan Fit! By Joe DeSena.
    4. Check out Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. Join the Spartan FB page.
    5. Watch YouTube videos of others training and eating their way to Spartan Races.
    6. Know the obstacles. Spartan doesn’t release information on all obstacles and not every obstacles will be at every race. There is a piece to the Spartan’s WHY which explains why they don’t tell you everything to expect, but they do have videos and descriptions on their website and there are tons of other bloggers and vloggers with information that will definitely help.
    7. Gear Gear Gear!! What socks do you need? What shoes do you need? Do you need a camelbak? There are so many things you may or may not need for this race. I will talk about these things more as I learn along the way in my future posts, but do this research now!
  2. Plan and Schedule

    1. Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance (and Painful Performance)!!
    2. What do you need to work on? Strength? Endurance? Both? You need to know this so you can ensure you are improving in all areas you need to.
    3. Choose a race day! You need to do this FIRST! I should put this first, but you can’t begin to plan your training and be motivated to stick to it if you don’t have an end goal and a Race Day Date!!
    4. Plan to race with friends. I haven’t had anyone jump to joining me on this yet, but I believe there will be a few that decide soon. I hope to motivate others around me to try it out. If not, Spartan races are a place where you instantly make friends along the way so you will never feel alone out there.
    5. Know what kind of terrain and weather you will be in. Plan to train in similar conditions if at all possible.
  3. Purchase

    1. Try out and purchase the right gear. You MUST train with the gear so you know if it will work. You do not want to find out on race day that the gear doesn’t work for you.
    2. Purchase your race! Again, this should be the first thing you do once you decide you want to do this race.
    3. Set aside money for childcare or have a plan for trading childcare with friends if you are a parent. You want to do some longer training days, even some long and hard hikes.
    4. Gear to look for – Shoes, hydration packs, socks, compression socks or pants, electrolyte packets/gels, GPS watch, goggles to go over glasses (think about going to contacts for the race if you can), comfortable race clothes. Everything you buy you should be okay with the race being the last time you wear it. It’s likely clothes will get very dirty, blood stained and even ripped.
  4. Go for it!! Get Spartan Fit! Start your training today.

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The Spartan 300 Burpee Challenge

Join me!!

In my last post I put together a Burpee Training Schedule. I have followed this………somewhat. I didn’t do well following while on our trip, but getting back into it this week. I am alos starting a Super Saturday Spartan 300 Burpee Challenge.

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Here’s how it will work: Every Saturday from now until the Saturday before race day (April 13, 2019 for me) I will attempt to complete 300 burpees in one day. To start out on Day 1 (January 19, 2019) I will do as many as I can at once throughout the day and try to reach 300. My goal will be to increase my burpees by 10% in each set for the following week, but ultimately the goal is to do a total of 300!! Phew!!

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I will be posting on my IG Page and FB page each Saturday what the previous week’s total was and what my goal is for that Saturday so check it out! I would love to have some of you join in with me. Comment on my IG or FB posts with your totals? Can you beat me? Let’s motivate each other!!

Connect with Me!

If you have been motivated by these posts or have already planned to run a Spartan Race this year please let me know in the comments below. I would love to connect with other Spartan racers!!





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Other Posts From Mom Life Optimized:

Introductory Post – A Mom’s Journey to Complete a 2019 Spartan Trifecta (Click below)

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14 Weeks to the Spartan Super – A Mom’s Journey to Complete a 2019 Spartan Trifecta

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  1. Thena on January 23, 2019 at 11:42 am

    What an inspiring post! I loved reading all about your journey!

  2. blair villanueva on January 22, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    OMG it is so awesome of your dedication to get fit! How I wish I am that active and motivated like yours 😀

  3. StylishGeek on January 22, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Your post is definitely inspiring! Thanks for sharing it! Hope you have a fabulous time in your Spartan event!

  4. Blair on January 22, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Congrats on your dedication. These races can be a lot of fun and a huge challenge. It takes focus and drive to push for personal achievements.

  5. Jelena on January 22, 2019 at 3:35 am

    I can only say, Bravo for your perseverance and devotion! I can just workout one or two times a week. From your post, I realized I was not well prepared, and I did not set goals for myself. Now I will once more go through your article and make a plan for the next 16 weeks. Thanks a lot!

  6. Yonca on January 22, 2019 at 2:37 am

    What an amazing journey! Good luck! I’d love to read more about your experiences.

  7. BMB on January 21, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Running a Spartan Race must be such and awesome accomplishment. Best I have done is a Tough Mudder. After 2 years of IVF, pregnancy and having baby #3 via c-section, I am struggling to get back in to shape. Visiting family always throws a monkey wrench in it because I eat like crap when I am around family. best of luck to you!

    • Jackie on January 22, 2019 at 1:25 am

      Well, you’ve had quite a few crazy years. You will get back to it, I know you will. We put our minds to things and when you want something you find a way to make it happen.

  8. Melissa Cushing on January 21, 2019 at 7:07 am

    This is an incredible journey that you are taking and you are super committed so I know that yu will do well! You go girl… you got this and I am excited for you!

    • Jackie on January 21, 2019 at 7:41 am

      Thank you so much for your encouragement!!

  9. Ivan Jose on January 21, 2019 at 3:14 am

    What a punishing regimen! I am intimated by the sheer physical challenge of these workouts. Although I definitely would want some form of physical activity as I grow older.

    • Jackie on January 21, 2019 at 7:42 am

      Ha! I was thinking just yesterday how I just need something to push myself like this because it helps to conquer the life stressors we come up against every day.

  10. Jasmine Hewitt on January 20, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    i’ve always heard of this but its so intimidating to me. I think you can do it!

  11. Nicole Vick on January 20, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Wow! The spartan thing sounds intense but it looks like you have a great plan to conquer it! Oh and 300 burpee? Wowsers!

    • Jackie on January 20, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      And I did it!! I’m definitely feeling it today, but I feel so good to have accomplished that many!

  12. Kim Burnette on January 20, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Wow, you are so inpiring! My daughter does 5ks and triathlons, but doesn’t have any children. It takes an incredible amount of organization and discipline to be able to do it with a family. I applaud your fitness journey! Good luck in your upcoming race!

    • Jackie on January 20, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you so much!! I appreciate that!

  13. Becki Svare on January 20, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Wow! This sounds pretty amazing!! I volunteered at the Disney Marathon this year and was just astounded by the level of fitness in the runners. Just incredible!!

  14. Kristen Frolich on January 20, 2019 at 9:38 am

    I have always wanted to do a Spartan race. I really hurt my ankle a year ago though and with two kids I can’t afford to risk getting hurt again. Have fun and enjoy all the crazy obstacles!

  15. natalie on January 20, 2019 at 8:12 am

    I have never heard of this before. I desperately need to start some kind of fitness routine, I feel a mess at the moment.

  16. Kara on January 20, 2019 at 3:04 am

    I am exhausted just reading about it. Good luck with your training

    • Jackie on January 20, 2019 at 6:34 am

      Thank you so much, I appreciate that!

  17. LavandaMichelle on January 20, 2019 at 12:08 am

    I think I am in need of a challenge now. I loved reading about your exciting journey.

    • Jackie on January 20, 2019 at 6:34 am

      I would love to hear about what you choose to do!

  18. Keshia Richmond on January 19, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    I had never heard of a Spartan race until now and sounds so exciting. I will grab the book and come back to share notes!

    • Jackie on January 20, 2019 at 6:35 am

      That would be awesome! I’d love to hear what you think and if you decide to try this out too.

  19. kumamonjeng on January 19, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    What an incredible journey you have and glad to learn so many details from you. You have inspired me to challenge myself and do something similar to this. The most important thing is it looks so fun.

    • Jackie on January 20, 2019 at 6:36 am

      It has definitely been fun to blog about my journey so far and hopefully inspire others to do similar things.

  20. Candice Laboy on January 19, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    I applaud you for staying disciplined and hope to hear how well you did in your race. Good Luck!!

  21. Marysa on January 19, 2019 at 10:07 am

    That’s awesome that you put so much dedication into training. The Spartan is a tough race! Good luck, and you’ll have to post about your experience.

    • Jackie on January 20, 2019 at 6:36 am

      I definitely will continue to blog about my journey and how things go. Thank you for taking the time to read my posts.

  22. Kim Seghers on January 19, 2019 at 6:48 am

    I know I ate like crap during the holidays and gain some weight. But I’m not as displicine as you. I’m think it’s amazing your training and getting back fit and losing the few extra pounds you gained over the holidays to run the Spartan 300. Good luck in Seattle!!

    • Jackie on January 19, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Thank you so much!!! Most of my inspiration comes from my husband and all he has accomplished. 🙂

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