Dealing With Depression By Doing Two of My Favorite Things

May 29, 2015

I’ve been blue the past week and a half. I often get this way after big races, and the One World Trade Center event in Manhattan certainly qualifies as a big race. I’ve been good about exercising since I’ve been back from New York, but other things have suffered. My eating, for one, hasn’t been great, and I haven’t been productive with other things I have going on.

This post isn’t about depression, though. It’s about getting over a depression. I was tired of feeling unmotivated and lethargic. I was tired of being the guest of honor at my own pity party. So I thought about what I could do that would make me feel better. And I came with two activities, neither of which I had done in a long time, that might just goose me out of this funk. Then I decided to do both in one day.

Here’s a hint about the first one: Read the rest of this entry »

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Parmesan Zucchini Chips

May 27, 2015

There’s nothing better than a crispy, crunchy snack. I crave potato chips (and corn chips) (and Cheetos) frequently, so I like having a way to satisfy that craving that’s actually nutritious. Enter zucchini chips. They are exactly what they sound like… and they start with zucchini.

extra-fancy-zucchini-la-salad-company

These are Read the rest of this entry »


New York City on Foot

May 22, 2015

I spent four full days in New York City, and excluding getting to and from the airport, I only got in a car once, and that was the morning of my big race. Apart from that, I walked and took subways. I became a subway pro – figuring out Read the rest of this entry »


Eating My Way Through New York City (and New Jersey) (and Brooklyn)

May 21, 2015

I spent four jam-packed days in New York City. While the One World Trade Center stair race was a huge deal, I had many other adventures and took photos chronicling them. There’s a lot to share, so I’m splitting them into two posts. Today’s will be about food; tomorrow’s will be about movement.

Eating healthy while traveling is no easy feat, and I ended up eating a Read the rest of this entry »


“Keep Going, I’m Right Behind You.” (One World Trade Center Race Recap)

May 19, 2015

Imagine that instant when something or someone truly takes your breath away. Everything freezes for a split second, and a flood of emotion saturates you. It may be awe or love, shock or sorrow, compassion or sympathy. Your lungs fill up, your eyes widen, your heart swells, and you’re stuck, nearly drowning in the power of the moment, hearing only your own heart beat.

I can’t tell you how many times I was overcome like that on Sunday, when I competed in the inaugural Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb. I knew going in that it would an emotional morning, but I just wasn’t prepared.

The race was up the stairs to the top of One World Trade Center in New York City, an angular, soaring structure.

looking-up-at-one-world-trade-center

At 94 stories tall, the World Trade Center is Read the rest of this entry »


Popsicle Experiments: Part One

May 14, 2015

My next post was going to be my New York City race recap… not anymore! I got productive on the plane and wrote a post originally intended for next week.

There was a huge bin of popsicle molds by the registers at the drug store. Stores place cheap, enticing items near registers to encourage impulse purchases, and boy howdy, did I fall for it. I’ve never made popsicles before, but now I could… for the low, low price of TWO DOLLARS! Sold.

My first popsicles, which I made that night, weren’t very pretty. Read the rest of this entry »


A College Campus Invasion (Final Preparations for New York!)

May 14, 2015

Quick Sidebar: How awesome is this photo? It was taken by the event photographer at the Heroes Memorial Climb in Dallas. My pal Scott was the first to show it to me, via Facebook, and I literally did a double-take, because I didn’t think it was me. But it is, just a few steps away from completing a 114-story climb.

David Reunion Tower - CROP

There’s one more photo I forgot to include in yesterday’s post: Read the rest of this entry »