March Workout Calendar and April Weigh-In

April 3, 2014

Physically speaking, March was a very successful month for me. It started with a very challenging stair race in Las Vegas, and ended with another stair race, equally challenging, in San Diego. All in all, I exercised 25 out of 31 days in March, and I know this because I log all my workouts on my calendar.

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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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March Weigh-In AND My Next Two Races

March 10, 2014

Yikes! I’m over a week late with my March weigh-in results! I didn’t actually weigh myself until the 4th, after getting back from Las Vegas, and I delayed this post to get all three of my Vegas posts written and published (read them here, here and here).

Let’s not delay things any longer!

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I stayed even. I’ll take it. Maintaining is a win! My weight Read the rest of this entry »


On Top Of Las Vegas! (Scale the Strat 2014 Race Recap)

March 4, 2014

Stair climb races are brutal. Just brutal. I competed in my 6th stair race over the weekend, and when I got to the top of the 1,455 steps in the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, I pretty much collapsed in a heap. This is about a minute after crossing the finish line, and my heart is still pounding:

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Now that you know I finished (and am still alive), I’ll go back a little bit. If you’ve never been to Las Vegas, the Stratosphere is a hotel and casino at the north end of the Strip that features the tallest observation tower in the United States. It’s a impressive, imposing structure that you can see from all over town.

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Naturally, it only gets taller as you get closer. Check it out from Read the rest of this entry »


Pop Quiz!

February 27, 2014

POP QUIZ: Why did I buy these gloves?

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  • A) To take hot items out of the oven
  • B) To prevent leaving fingerprints during my next murderous rampage
  • C) Because they’re all the rage in Milan
  • D) None of the above

The correct answer is… Read the rest of this entry »


Setting StairMaster Records AND My Goal For Vegas

February 25, 2014

Scale the Strat is less than a week away! I’ve been training like crazy, and it’s paying off. I’ve never been more prepared for a stair climb race than I am for this one, and I’m glad that’s the case, because I have generous donors and my first-ever corporate sponsor – StairMaster! – and I don’t want anyone to think I’m slacking. Speaking of StairMaster, I’ve set some personal records at the gym, and I’m proud and excited about that!

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As I explained in my last StairMaster training post, I’ve been Read the rest of this entry »


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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StairMaster Training Update

February 13, 2014

My big stair climb race up the Stratosphere in Las Vegas is less than three weeks away, and I’ve been working hard to get prepared. I feel like my training got off to a slow start, thanks to my having to recover from a bruised rib, but it’s been picking up, and I still have a few weeks ahead of me.

I’ve spent a lot of time using the StairMaster at the gym. Check out what I did last night:

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I climbed 113 floors in 20 minutes! More importantly, Read the rest of this entry »


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