I learned something pretty awesome during Spartan Training, Week 4.

{This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.}

Day 27: Have Breakfast

Let there be protein, produce, healthy fats and fiber in it. A good breakfast wards off energy dips, brain fog and afternoon cravings.. Revolutionary Act #27, powered by Experience Life

Spartan Training, Week 4 sarahkayhoffman.com

For many years, I trained for my workouts and half-marathons with very little fuel. Several weeks ago I told you that training for a Spartan seems like the right and perfect fit for me because of four reasons. Reason number three was my rockstar this week!

With my newly-formed relationship of embracing food; high-quality food, food as fuel, no restrictions, I am strong enough to do this.

In the past, hard workouts (heck, even fairly simple workouts) left me drained and physically exhausted for a day or two (or sometimes even longer).

I will never forget the time when I was training hardest for a half marathon, and I’d run 6-12 miles, then come home and “recover” with the following breakfast:

  • 2 blocks of tofu
  • 1/2 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c. blueberries
  • coffee, coffee, coffee
  • a small apple (but only sometimes)

Despite the fact that those foods were doing my Colitis, Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid no favors, they also kept me feeling drained and miserable.

Instead of feeling empowered, strong and confident, I was left feeling weak, tired and hungry.

My workouts this past week were hard, and Saturday I resumed my weekly long run (since the ankle sprain). And on Sunday? I rested, but that was the day when my ah-ha moment arrived. Resting was the only option, but my body was fully capable to workout. No longer do I allow too much work without enough rest or fuel. The payoff is incredible!

Spartan Training, Week 4 Fitness Weight training sarahkayhoffman.com

My weekly workouts:

Monday: Spartan 300 + 10 uphill bodyweight sprints + 10 minutes spin

Tuesday: Upper body + a new Spartan 300 “Cardio” Circuit

Wednesday: 20-minute run

Thursday: Lower body + Spartan 300 “Cardio” Circuit

Friday: OFF

Saturday: 6.5-mile run

Sunday: OFF

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m getting nervous for the race. I think it’s mostly because I don’t know what to expect, and I don’t exactly know if I’m training right (running always seemed so intuitive for me).

But I can be certain that during this time of training I’m finally feeling strong enough to do anything.


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