Spartan Training – Why I Race – Meet Ashley!

Spartan Training – Why I Race – Meet Ashley!

Oct 27, 2016





Tell us about your Spartan story and what motivated you to do a Spartan race:

My journey started 3 years ago and has been a gradual progression. Initially, my goal was to run a simple 5k. I was definitely not a runner growing up. I was a dancer. I remember barely passing the one mile physical fitness test in high school.

In 2013, I trained and completed my first of many 5k’s. In 2014, I trained and ran my first half marathon. After I completed the half marathon I decided I wanted to try something more challenging, like a Tough Mudder. I didn’t even think Spartan was in the realm of possibilities for me at that time.


In your own words, how did Ferguson Fitness help you prepare for your Spartan race?

There is a reason these races are so popular. They are extremely challenging, both physically and mentally. I would have never agreed to do a Spartan race without a support group in place. Ferguson Fitness was the support group I needed. Strength comes in numbers.

The Ferguson’s formed a group of highly motivated and determined individuals who share the same goal as you, running a Spartan race. They provided numerous workouts tailored specifically for obstacle course racing. They have many experienced racers on the team that can give you all the information you need to feel prepared on race day.


Describe what you did to prepare for your Spartan race:

In general, I try to focus on all areas of fitness. I strength train regularly. I perform high intensity interval training (whether it’s a class at the gym or an Insanity workout at home) 3 days a week. When I am preparing for a race, I will mix in short and long runs depending on the duration of the race. I take every opportunity I can to go outside and hike or play on the monkey bars at a playground. When I am in Roanoke, I love joining the Ferguson Fitness team for their Spartan workouts.


What changes have you experienced in preparing for your Spartan race?

I’ve realized that I am so much more stronger than I ever gave myself credit for. Also, that being physically strong is only a piece of the puzzle. Mental strength is just as important. I have changed and grown in both of these areas as a result of my training and participating in these races.


Describe your Spartan race day experience:

My race days start out bright and early but with complete excitement. Typically the nerves don’t set in until I am waiting in line to park my car. Once I arrive, however, I am a bucket of nerves (believe it or not). Thankfully we have an awesome team to chat with and to help keep my nerves at bay. We warm up together and tackle the course as a team. We often split up into different groups depending on ability but there is always someone there to run with you. During the race you encounter a broad spectrum of emotions. In the end, you always feel accomplished and invincible.8


What would you tell someone who is thinking about training for a Spartan race?

Do it! You will not regret it. Find a good support group and train, train, train!  Whether you become a seasoned OCR enthusiast or a one time participant, you will grow as a person from the experience.


Interested in training for a Spartan race with Ferguson Fitness?  We are the only regional official Spartan Race Training Center offering SGX workouts along with a variety of other group workouts and personal or at home training options.  We have lots of ways to help you even from a distance.  We are enrolling now for our 2017 training season so click below to fill out an interest form and application and we will follow up with more information and schedule your free consultation and first free workout!

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