A New Training Stairwell (Not Really)

October 9, 2014

Problem: I have stair races coming up in a few weeks, starting with a climb to the 103rd floor of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in Chicago. I haven’t been in a stairwell since my last race, at the US Bank Tower, a few weeks ago. I need to train!

Solution: Time to find a skyscraper to train in! The other night, I did just that.

david-looking-up-figueroa-at-wilshire

This is the Read the rest of this entry »


Butternut and Bison (!) Casserole

October 6, 2014

I’ve eaten bison before, at restaurants. I love a bison burger. But I’ve never cooked with it. That’s why, when I saw bison during a trip to Costco with my friend Jen, I snatched some up.

great-range-ground-bison

What should I make with it? That question became easier to answer once Read the rest of this entry »


October Weigh-In AND Workout Progress Report

October 6, 2014

This is one of those posts that I just need to write, publish, and get out of my system, so I can move on. I’m actively working on reminding myself of the positives and focusing on the good things, but that’s been hard. Here’s why:

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Up six pounds in September. As much as I tell myself Read the rest of this entry »


I Don’t Stalk Celebrities (But This Post Will Make You Think I Do)

October 1, 2014

After about a week-and-a-half away from the stairs, it was time to resume training. I have two races in Chicago coming up in about a month, and I want to be ready! Plan A was to head downtown to train in a skyscraper, but I ended up working late, so that didn’t happen. Plan B was training on a new-to-me public stairway in the Hollywood Hills… one that just happens to be down the street from a major celebrity’s home! Here are the stairs:

Adina-Passmore-Stairway-Lower-End

And that’s just the first third of them. Here’s the rest: Read the rest of this entry »


I Play With My Food, Part IV: Cantaloupe Construction!

September 30, 2014

I spent a half hour cutting an entire cantaloupe in rectangular planks. I tried to make each one the exact same size.

Cantaloupe-Planks-Close-Up

Have I officially gone mad? Probably. Was it an enjoyable activity? You bet! Cutting the planks was one thing…but what I did with them next is what’s really exciting! Read the rest of this entry »


Looking Forward…to TWO Races in Chicago!

September 29, 2014

It’s been over a week since my last stair race (my very successful ascent up the US Bank Tower). This past week has definitely been an “off” week for me. There was lots of food I wouldn’t otherwise eat. (I even visited a drive-thru. Or two.) I skipped workouts so my body could recover. I’m just now starting to get back into the swing of things. I worked out both days this weekend, and ate great as well. I’m starting to get focused again… and I have a LOT to focus on, because my next race is a little over a month away! And it’s in a completely different time zone!

I announced last month that I’m heading to Illinois for SkyRise Chicago, the stair race at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. And now I have another exciting race announcement: I’m Read the rest of this entry »


Cherry Mustard Broccoli Salad…OR SIDE!

September 25, 2014

Here’s a good, easy, versatile recipe with lots of wiggle room for substitutions and customization. I used that wiggle room a couple times while putting this together! It’s called Cherry Mustard Broccoli Salad, and it starts with… broccoli.

steamed-broccoli-cauliflower

All of you with keen observation skills have noticed that there is also cauliflower in that steamer basket. I was gonna just use broccoli, but Read the rest of this entry »


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