STAIR TRAINING 101: Want To Compete In A Stair Race? Here’s What You Need To Know

November 24, 2015

Stair racing is extraordinarily difficult. These races, up the stairs in skyscrapers, are downright grueling. But they’re also ridiculously rewarding, and the feeling of overlooking an entire city, knowing that you climbed to your perch, is second-to-none.


I’ve been asked (a couple times) to share how to train for a race. I’m happy to share what I know! I’m not the fastest guy at these events, but I’m experienced. I’ve done a couple dozen of them, in nearly a dozen cities across the country, all in the past three years, and I started as a complete newcomer. I’ve learned a lot! Here’s what you need to know – and how to prepare!
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Cranberry Pineapple Salsa

November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving is coming up, and for the past couple years, I’ve been invited to a Thanksgiving potluck the Sunday before the real Turkey Day. My friends Steve and Denise throw it, and it’s a good time. This year, I brought the cranberries, and I wanted to do something a little different. So I made…


…PINEAPPLE CRANBERRY SALSA! Here’s how I made it. Read the rest of this entry »

Farting Dogs and Rotten Fish

November 18, 2015

It’s rare that I write about candy, but I can’t resist sharing this story.

Let me introduce you to my friend Martin. I met Martin through stair racing, so it’s appropriate that is picture was taken on the roof, after our 54-story stair race last weekend. Martin is speedy, too – he finished 3rd overall! (I finished 41st, out of 166.)

David Martin rooftop

Martin is Danish, and came all the way from Denmark to compete in this race. And he brought me a very thoughtful, completely awesome gift! Read the rest of this entry »

A Skinned Knee, A Forgotten Phone, and a Damn Fast Climb (2015 Los Angeles CF Climb Race Recap)

November 16, 2015

There is nothing more exhilarating than standing on a skyscraper roof, looking for miles in every direction, after a stair climb race. I get the same chills every time, including this past Saturday, when I competed in the Los Angeles CF Climb for the third consecutive year.


It was an eventful, satisfying morning, and one that started on the wrong foot, when I arrived at the race and realized Read the rest of this entry »

It’s the 2015 Keep It Up, David THANKSGIVING PLEDGE!

November 11, 2015

THANKSGIVING IS TWO WEEKS AWAY! My mouth is already watering when I think about turkey… stuffing… gravy… cranberries… pie… And pictures like this, featuring my Thanksgiving plate from last year, are no help whatsoever:


Thanksgiving is a fantastic holiday for gathering with family and friends, sharing good times, and honoring all the things we’re grateful for. It also can be an engraved invitation to gorge yourself silly, pass out into a food coma, and, if you’re trying to lose weight, undo weeks of hard work.

But it doesn’t have to be. I have a simple pledge that I use to negotiate Thanksgiving Day, and guess what? IT WORKS! It allows me to eat whatever I want, without feeling guilty, and without ever having to go change into a pair of fat pants. Read the rest of this entry »

My FINAL Fundraising Request of 2015… PLUS, I Find Stairs Wherever I Go!

November 5, 2015

I’m in the home stretch of my 2015 race calendar! I’ve competed in THIRTEEN RACES so far this year – ten stair races, plus three runs (see the full list here). I only have two more left! One is in this towering downtown Los Angeles skyscraper…


…and the other is in the home of the Read the rest of this entry »

November Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report… And October Too!

November 4, 2015

I have an official weigh-in at the start of every month. I share the results right here, along with data about my exercise accomplishments, but I didn’t share anything last month. It slipped through the cracks. Whoops! So now I have two months to catch you up on. Let’s dig in!

It’s a mixed bag of good and could-be-better news, but the overall headline is: Read the rest of this entry »


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