Let’s Do This – My Spartan Journey Begins

preparing for a spartan trifecta, spartan race, a mother's journey

Last year my husband completed the Spartan Trifecta. What does that mean?? Well, early in 2018 a couple of his military buds got together and trained to run the Spartan Super in Seattle, WA. This race is anywhere from 8-10 miles and contains 24-28 obstacles. Seriously difficult obstacles. You get wet, cold, muddy, run hills, climb walls and ropes, carry heavy loads, throw spears and even jump over fire. It’s hard. He loved it!!

After that race he was so pumped he decided to try to complete the Trifecta which means he would have to complete the Sprint (~3 miles and 20 obstacles) and the Beast (13+ miles and 35 obstacles). The number of obstacles is not always the same and the distances aren’t exact. He was retiring after 20 years in the Air Force and was turning 40 in 2018. I figured he was probably going through a mini mid-life crisis, but if he wanted to try it, why not!?


Spartan Races Turned Into Mini Family Vacations

We decided to make these races little mini vacations for us and our 4 children. We traveled to Big Fork, MT in May 2018 and he completed the Beast. Not only did he complete it, but he did it completely in ketosis which we were a little worried about, but thought we’d see how it went. He was quite drained at the end, but made it through in 4 hours and 45 minutes. That was pretty fast, really.

Then in June we decided to travel to Payette, ID for Dave to complete his Trifecta with the Spartan Sprint and have the kids do the Spartan Kids Race. What an amazing experience for them for everyone! Dave finished the Sprint and had enough energy leftover to join the kid’s on their races. What a blast and wonderful family experience!


My Journey to Compete the Spartan Trifecta, spartan race, mom runs spartan race

My Journey to Compete the Spartan Trifecta, spartan race, mom runs spartan race

My Journey to Compete the Spartan Trifecta, spartan race, mom runs spartan race

My Journey to Compete the Spartan Trifecta, spartan race, mom runs spartan race

A Mom’s Love For Fitness

I LOVE fitness. Anything fitness and nutrition related motivates me. I love to try everything and I really wanted to do these races too, but it was just too difficult with four young kids to have me complete this too. I figured I would never do it and just told myself I probably wouldn’t be able to do it anyways.

My Journey to Compete the Spartan Trifecta, spartan race, mom runs spartan race

I have not really been able to run much at all since May 2004 when I was in a car accident. I’ve tried here and there, but all I’ve been able to do are plyometric/HIIT workouts, elliptical and heavy lifting. I love to lift, so I’ve focused there for the most part and get my cardio through fast walking, HIIT and elliptical or stationary bike. Between doing the ketogenic diet earlier this year and staying fit through lifting workouts I’ve been able to stay pretty fit…..(until the holidays hit!)


Fit at 40 with the Keto diet and heavy lifting

Life is Different After 40

My husband and I both turned 40 in 2018 and boy are we noticing a difference in our metabolism. We are both still as active as we have always been, but we definitely have to be careful with our eating. Over the last couple months I’ve really gained some weight. We did the Ketogenic diet this time last year and did it pretty exclusively for 4 months. It was awesome! I lost a lot of weight I haven’t been able to lose on any other diet and felt better than I had in 10 years. Then life happened and I slowly went back to burning carbs for energy and what a difference I see.


My Journey to Compete the Spartan Trifecta, spartan race, mom runs spartan race

I Can Do A Spartan Race

On December 30th I mentioned to my husband that I might try to do a Spartan race in 2019. 19 is my favorite number. It was usually my jersey number for most of the sports I played, my husband’s birthday is on the 19th, we got married on the 19th and now it is 2019 and I want to do something spectacular. Why not run a Spartan race?? Well, this thought along with my husband’s support led me to purchasing the Spartan Trifecta Pass just before midnight on December 31st!!! What does this mean? This means I have already paid the price to complete all 3 Spartan races (Sprint, Super and Beast) in 2019. Yikes!!

I am motivated, excited, scared, worried and determined all at the same time! Talk about mixed emotions. One of my biggest hurdles will be that I am going to be a single parent from Feb-May this year due to my husband attending the Seattle Fire Department’s Recruit Academy. My motivation during this time will be knowing that he is training so hard everyday and I want to try to keep up with him. He will be my motivation and my kid’s are on board too and ready to help me train hard.

I hope to take you all along with me through this journey of training. I will share what I’m doing, how I’m feeling along the way and hopefully provide some hints, tips and tricks for YOU to maybe try out one of these races too. Wanna join me and can be in Seattle on April 13th, 2019?? Let me know and we can run the Seattle Super Spartan Race together!!

Check out my other Spartan Training Posts here!

Get ready to do some serious BURPEES!!!

My Journey to Compete the Spartan Trifecta, spartan race, mom runs spartan race





  1. Cynthia Nicoletti on January 11, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Wow love your photos, this looks like so much fun. It must be hard at the same time to do this type of exercise.

  2. Nicole on January 8, 2019 at 9:11 am

    How awesome! It’s great that you and your family can all contribute into something like this, I don’t know that I could. Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

  3. Anosa Malanga on January 8, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Wow, I admire you and your family! I would love to be like you especially when I turned forty. Hopefully I could be motivated by your experiences.

  4. Mommy Sigrid on January 7, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Hoowow! I wish I have the same determination as you. I would hardly get off my chair. If I do, that would be to do chores. I need to exert more effort.

  5. Monique Starks on January 6, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    More families should go on these types of vacations! You have fun and teach your children about being fit. Love it!

  6. Ada on January 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    How exciting! I’m excited to see how it all goes for you.

  7. Ruth I on January 6, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Sounds tough but worth it! I can’t wait to see your updates on training and progress. Happy for you!

  8. Terri Beavers on January 6, 2019 at 7:03 am

    I bet my son would love this race. He runs a lot of races and this kind is more of what he looks for to finish. I wouldn’t be able to do it but I admire those who can.

  9. Melanie Walsh on January 5, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Oh my gosh, that will be so exciting to follow along with. I have a long (long, long, long) way before I would be ready to do one myself. It’ll be so inspiring to live through you in Seattle.

  10. Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland on January 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    AROO!!! Fellow Spartan here! You’re gonna crush your trifecta and are totally capable of doing so! Keep an eye out for any 4-0 members during your race. They’re a fantastic, supportive team and are at all the Spartans!

    • Jackie on January 5, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Oh thank you!! AROO!!! I am so excited for this!

  11. Jasmine on January 5, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Wow, you have a family of beasts!!! One of my friends competed in the Spartan race in ID and he loved it… I will need to do a whole lot of preparation before I can even attempt one!

  12. Irina on January 5, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I am also rooting for you! I think it is great that you turned this into a family event, as it will definitely provide you with motivation!
    I wish you all the best for 2019 and may all your plans succeed!

  13. Jessica Joachim on January 5, 2019 at 10:44 am

    These spartan races have always looked like a lot of fun to me. I’m not much of a runner, but i think this would be something fun to push myself towards and even do as a family.

  14. Ola @ WanderWithOla on January 5, 2019 at 8:33 am

    8-10 miles and contains 24-28 obstacles? That sounds seriously intense! All the best for the race this year. You are really inspiring!

  15. Cristina Petrini on January 5, 2019 at 3:29 am

    A family of real heroes or anyway really strong! Exceptionally incredible and admirable! Bravo!

  16. Pinay Odyssey on January 5, 2019 at 2:40 am

    I love your story! This is just an inspiring feat, and I admire the dedication and motivation your family puts to fitness. It really matters when all members of the family support each other’s fitness journey. Cheers to more health & fitness feats!

  17. A Infinite Step on January 5, 2019 at 2:39 am

    Never heard of it but glad to see such good initiative. Love your determination and wish you loads of fun and success!

  18. Summer Mitch Ryan on January 5, 2019 at 12:08 am

    I think this is an awesome idea! I could just imagine the delight in the children’s faces as they hike those paths. What are great way for a family to bond.

  19. Tara Pittman on January 4, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    I loved doing races with my older boys. I need to start some races with my younger boys.

  20. Kayla on January 4, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Omg!!! Congrats girl, that is so amazing and something to be proud of. You look great and it feels so good when your hard work pays off.

  21. Julia Randall on January 4, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Good for you Mama, it sounds like it’s the perfect year to try something like this! I have faith that you’ll be able to do it!

  22. Barbies Beauty Bits on January 4, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    So jealous! This is so amazing, I so wish I could do something like this myself. Goal for me one day!

  23. Dani on January 4, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Wow that looks so intense and so much fun! What a great adventure for the whole family!

  24. Jolie Starrett on January 4, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Good luck and you can do it!

  25. Cindy Ingalls on January 4, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    The Spartan race seems an intense, but it has to feel like such an accomplishment to complete one. Can’t wait to hear about your journey.

  26. Jessica on January 4, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    This is the energy I want within my family! You are keeping the family healthy, active and bonding while doing it!

  27. Joan Cajic on January 4, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    This looks so difficult but I am sure you can do it. I have decided to work out this yer ad make it consistent.

  28. Becca Wilson on January 4, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Congrats on doing something like this! I don’t think that I ever could.

  29. Kelly on January 4, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Wow, that is amazing! I love that you turn it into mini vacations for the kids and that their is a kids race too!

  30. Melissa Cushing on January 4, 2019 at 5:31 am

    I am working on getting into better shape this year after losing weight in 2018… so this is something that I would love to tackle and try to complete once I can. Love it and sounds like fun… so worth the work and effort!

  31. Georgina Nderitu on January 3, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Wow! I am rooting for you all the way, good luck, and I can’t wait to virtually tag along this journey with you !

    • Jackie on January 4, 2019 at 5:26 am

      Thank you! You all are such motivation!

  32. Lynn Armstrong on January 3, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    What an awesome story! I love this motivation to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, I definitely needed this. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Jackie on January 3, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      You are very welcome! 🙂

  33. Sonja on January 3, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    There is a kid race within the Spartan Series? How much fun it must have been for them! I love that they are witnessing and participating in events that their parents do. What fun memories must have been created!

    • Jackie on January 3, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      Yes, the kid race is pretty hard too, but they loved it! Totally worth every penny!

  34. Paula Ball on January 3, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Really interested in following & rooting for you. I am 63 years old & a new non smoker(I know, stupid to ever start)anyway, somehow without realizing that I had subscribed I started getting RUNNERS mag. Somehow (divine intervention) this mag sparked an interest & I have decided I want to start running & eventually do a marathon. I was always strong, worked construction for 25 years but never any cardio. So here I go & perhaps follow you will give me inspiration! Let’s do this!

    • Jackie on January 3, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story!! I am totally rooting for you!!! When do you plan to run a marathon? I would love to follow you along the way. I know there are going to be times for me that I just want to quit and hope to have a team around me to seek out when I want to quit that will help me keep going.

  35. Kristen on January 3, 2019 at 5:05 am

    This is so great! I can’t wait to hear how the race goes!

  36. Rachael Liska on January 3, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Wow, love your sense of determination!!! As a woman over 40, I totally get how your metabolism changes so always a good idea to push yourself to try new things! Very inspirational. Good luck to you!!

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