A San Diego Stair Adventure!

January 21, 2019

I was in San Diego over the weekend, and met up with my friend Z at one of his favorite stair training venues… and it was awesome!

We met at San Diego Mesa College, a community college that’s literally on a geographical mesa. The campus is flat, and perched on a bluff above the surrounding neighborhood. The main parking lot is down below, and connecting the two are… you guessed it… stairs! Z’s been coming here for training purposes for over a decade, and I can understand why. Especially since Z lives only 10 minutes away.

The main stairway is wide and grand, next to the Student Services Center. It has 102 steps.

See the building in the distance, at the top of the steps? That’s the Math and Science Complex. It has four tall stories, and a great stairwell with walls of windows, with another 107 steps.

The view from the top, overlooking the main stairway below:

Some local firefighters arrived halfway into our workout to do their own stair workout – you can see them at the bottom of that picture.

Z and I did eight climbs up both the main stairway and the Math and Science Complex – 209 steps for each of the eight climbs. That’d be a great workout right there, but that wasn’t all!

There’s also a stairway on the east side of the Student Services Center, with 94 steps. That’s the first picture in this post. I did this twice, once with Z, and once after Z left.

Then there’s a third stairway leading up from the parking lot to the west of the main stairway, behind the English Village. It had 87 steps. I only did that one once.

Z had to take off a little before I did, and after he left I climbed the main stairway and Math and Science Building a few more times, and also an 8-story outdoor stairwell in a building that’s closed for construction. (Shhh… I snuck in.) I think it’s some sort of Arts building.

That stairwell was tight, with only 7 steps per flight, and I almost felt dizzy after climbing it. So I only climbed it once.

San Diego Mesa College is a really beautiful campus, clean and with some striking architecture and great outdoor plazas, although their logo looked awfully familiar… where I have I seen it before?

OH YEAH… My alma mater!

All in all, my workout lasted about an hour and 35 minutes. Between climbing the stairs, walking between the stairways, and some slight campus exploration, I covered 2.1 miles. And, also, a whole lot of stairs!

  • Main Stairway: 102 steps x 10 climbs
  • Math and Science Complex: 107 steps x 10 climbs
  • West Stairway: 87 steps x 1 climb
  • East Stairway: 94 steps x 2 climbs
  • Arts Building: 119 steps x 1 climb
  • GRAND TOTAL: 2,484 steps!

Plus, during our campus exploration, Z and I climbed two outdoor stairways at the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, but I forgot to count those steps. It’s a three story building, so that grand total would only get bumped up slightly.

A pretty sweet workout!

Keep it up, David!


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What Am I Going To Do With All These Olives?

January 17, 2019

Sprouts, my favorite supermarket, had huge, 21-ounce jars of green olives on sale for $2.99. Sold!

(JJ thinks he likes olives, and I don’t know whether he does or doesn’t. He doesn’t get people food.)

I love olives, but I want to use them in new ways, apart from eating them straight from the jar (even though that’s a perfectly suitable option). Read the rest of this entry »

600 Stories or Bust! (2019 Dallas Vert Mile Race Recap)

January 15, 2019

It was 5:05am when I arrived at the Reunion Tower in Dallas yesterday, underneath a swirl of dancing, colorful lights. I was here to compete, for the second time, in the hardest race I’ve ever done.

The Dallas Vert Mile had been on my calendar for months, but a pre-race knot formed in my stomach as I Read the rest of this entry »

2018 Year-End Race Report – I Competed in 16 Races!

January 9, 2019

My 2018 Year-End Progress Report is one of my favorite posts, and now it’s a two-parter! I covered weight loss maintenance and exercise in the first part (read it here), and now I’m going to nerd out on all my races.

In 2018, I competed in 16 races. Thirteen were stair races, and three were running races. Those thirteen stair races were in eleven different cities: Read the rest of this entry »

2018 Year-End Progress Report

January 7, 2019

Happy New Year! My 2019 rolled in with a nasty cold that completely sidelined me for four days. I’m still not 100% feeling better, but the congestion is gone, I’ve begun exercising again, and all that’s left is a sore throat that makes me sound like present-day Kathleen Turner.

But before I rush forth, whole-hog, into the new year, I have some housekeeping to do with 2018. This annual post is one of my favorites, and I can’t wait to jump into… My 2018 Year-End Progress Report!

One of my favorite photos from 2018.

Y’all know how I share Read the rest of this entry »

My Christmas in Pictures

December 31, 2018

I’m back from a week in Michigan for Christmas, and spent lots of great quality time with family. I was determined to stay focused on my health and fitness all week, and made lots of wonderful choices, and some not-so-wonderful ones, too. I’ll get into all of that, but first… SANTA!

That’s Lynn on the right. Our families have been Read the rest of this entry »

My Last Recipe Of The Year Is For… Lemon Jello Salad (Yes, Really!)

December 19, 2018

Jello Salad! It’s a blast from the past!

This isn’t some random Jello dessert. It’s a legitimate salad, made with four kinds of vegetables. And, of course, Jello! Read the rest of this entry »