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!
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.
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!)
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.
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!!!