We are in this together. #WeAreSpartan. This week, we highlight Erin Grubbs, a mom of three from northeast Pennsylvania who discovered Spartan Races accidentally through Biggest Loser. Read on to learn how Erin, her husband, and her three kids have fallen in love with the sport.
By Erin Grubbs, Spartan mom
After having two children, my husband and I were at a point in our life where we were completely out of shape, so we started running and getting back into shape.
To set a goal for the training I was doing, I registered us for a 5k through the Biggest Loser. (At the time, I didn’t know that Biggest Loser had partnered with Spartan Race that year.)
As a result, my husband and I were literally thrown into a Spartan Race, and we had no idea what to expect. But as continued along the course and attempted obstacle after obstacle, we both looked at each other and knew this would not be our last race.
We instantly loved Spartan Races.
It was just what I was missing from my fitness because running was just not something that kept me interested enough. Adding in the obstacles that Spartan had was a perfect fit.
In 2014, we added another child. While balancing fitness as a mom of three small children, a wife, and a full-time content marketing specialist is difficult, it brings us together as a family.
The kids go with us when we go out on the trails running, they join us when we work out in the house, and they participate in the Spartans Kids races.
It’s not always perfect or easy, like when one of our kids is sick, but we do what we can to make sure both my husband and I get time for fitness.
For us, Spartan Races bring our family together and give us the opportunity to show our kids how to live a healthy lifestyle while still having fun. It has completely changed my outlook on life and fitness.
For me, it’s not about getting a podium finish or being the best in the sport. It’s about being the best example I can be for others, and for my children in particular. (They love the kids’ races and can’t wait to do the adult ones.)
People out there need to know that moms (and dads) can do this. And including your family is the best way to balance it all.
This year, I plan to focus on Sprint races, starting with Greek Peak. Wish me luck.
— Erin Grubbs, Spartan mom
Erin and her husband have taken their love of obstacle racing one step further by joining a local team in northeast PA, the Lehigh Valley Spartans. Erin helps her team by managing their blog and social media.
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