Hello Stairwell, My Old Friend.

July 16, 2014

Check out this photo from after my workout on Monday:

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Drenched in sweat? On the 26th floor? You don’t have to be Nancy Drew (or even George or Bess) to figure out that this picture was taken in a stairwell. And that means one thing…

…My training has resumed! I’ve got a stair climb race coming up!

Actually… Read the rest of this entry »


Stairs, Sweat, and Tears (San Diego TOWERthon Race Recap)

June 2, 2014

This weekend was an emotional one. I competed in an event that was far more difficult than anything I’ve ever done before, and finished with a swirl of feelings that I’m still sorting out. But I do know this: I survived. And this race has probably forever changed how I think about myself.

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Exercise Odds and Ends

May 21, 2014

My two most recent posts were about my short trip to Vegas last week… but what’s been going on lately? I’ll tell you – a whole lot of Read the rest of this entry »


A Quickie Trip to Paris

May 19, 2014

You know what feels really good? When something that used to absolutely terrify you is no longer scary. In less than two weeks, I’ll be competing in my toughest stair climb race yet, the San Diego TowerTHON. It’s a two-hour endurance event, and I’ve never raced for nearly that long. To be quite frank, it scares the shit out of me (pardon my French). Well, it used to scare the shit out of me. It doesn’t anymore, and I can thank… a quick trip to Paris. Paris, Las Vegas!

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I went to Las Vegas for 36 hours last week to Read the rest of this entry »


This Next Race Is Going To Be A Killer…

May 5, 2014

…and I’m only exaggerating slightly. I’ve signed up for a stair climb race that sounds so difficult and grueling that I can barely think about it before I start wincing from the inevitable pain and exhaustion. Wanna hear about it? Read the rest of this entry »


Climbing Stairs at High Tower Court

April 30, 2014

It’s the last day in April, which means two things: 1) Almost time for a weigh-in (look for that in an upcoming post), and 2) my next stair climb race is now 1 month away. I haven’t yet mentioned this race on the blog, mainly because it’s so intimidating that I prefer to just not think about it. I will mention it soon, though, I promise!

Ever since my Aon Center race 3.5 weeks ago (recap and video here), I haven’t been on a StairMaster or trained on actual stairs, and it’s been great. I haven’t slacked on working out, I’ve just been doing other things. After doing three big races (Aon Center, San Diego, and Las Vegas) in a little over a month, I was due for a little stair hiatus. But with my next race on the horizon, exactly one month away, I decided to kick off my training by going somewhere new. And the place I found has an awesome view!

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I was in the Hollywood Hills, baby! Read the rest of this entry »


At Universal Studios… For a Workout?!?

March 13, 2014

What a difference 45 minutes makes. That’s all I needed to go from looking like this…

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…to becoming a sweaty, exhausted mess:

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How To Get Started Using a StairMaster

February 21, 2014

Today’s post tackles a question from a reader! A friend of mine named Judy (not her real name, but I just watched “Judge Judy”) asked me this:

“Stairs are my biggest fear and nemesis and I am determined to conquer them this year. Do you have any tips on how to start stair climbing and maybe what worked for you when you started out? I am doing stairs at work when I can, but my max is 2 floors. I am back to the gym next week and thought I would try StairMaster too, even if it is only 30 seconds at first, just to get started.”

Great question, Judy, and before I answer let me Read the rest of this entry »


Three Times (!) Up the Aon Center

February 20, 2014

My training for Scale the Strat continues!

aon-center-los-angelesIn addition to regular sessions on the StairMaster at my gym, I’ve been hitting actual stairs as much as I can. I did some outdoor stairs after a hike the other weekend, climbed a brutal staircase 6 times at dawn on Sunday, and, a few days before that, climbed 36 floors while running 2.9 miles (a workout I never blogged about).

Despite all that, I haven’t done any training in an actual skyscraper stairwell. The Aon Center, a 63-story skyscraper that I’ve raced up twice (recaps here and here), offers practice time every week to train in their stairwell, so the other night, I headed downtown to work out in the second-tallest building in the state.

It wasn’t just a training session, though – it was also a lesson. I had asked my pal Jeff, a nationally-ranked tower runner, to give me some pointers, and he happily obliged. Now that I have a few of these races under my belt, I want to work on strategy and technique, so that I can really improve. I got a few pointers a few months ago from another tower running pro, my friend Madeleine, and it totally whetted my appetite!

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Stairs at Sunrise

February 17, 2014

I can’t remember the last time I was up early enough to see a sunrise. Yesterday, though, I saw a beautiful one… while in the middle of a fantastic stair workout. Here’s the sunrise…

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…and here are the stairs:

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These awesome stairs are known as the Culver City Stairs, and they’re at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. How I ended up there was a happy accident.

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