I’m in a Magazine! AND a Video! AND Ouch! My Knee!

Have you gotten your new issue of Los Angeles Sports and Fitness Magazine yet? The cover story is on stair racing… and guess who’s featured in the article?


That’s right… ME! The article was written by my buddy Tom Holland. I met Tom a couple years ago when we were both interviewed on a Bowflex Webcast, and I was recently honored to be a guest on his radio show a couple months ago.

Go-Vertical-ArticleTom is an excellent person to write a story about stair climbing: he’s a personal trainer, author of multiple books, and he’s done the Empire State Building Run-Up stair race for the past I-don’t-know-how-many years. It’s a great article, with lots of tips and info for the first-time stair racer, and I’m proud to be included. Thanks, Tom! Click on the picture on the right to read the whole article. (You may need to zoom in more, depending on what device you’re using.) And if you’re in the Los Angeles area, LAS&F Magazine is available for free at gyms, running stores, cycling stores, and places like that. This is the March/April issue. Go grab one – or ten, and pass them out to your friends!

In other exciting news, The American Lung Association in Nevada put together a promotional video about Scale the Strat, the stair race at the Stratosphere that I competed in last month. You may recall me saying that I was interviewed about my experiences, and they used part of my interview in the video! It’s embedded below, but in case that doesn’t work, CLICK HERE to watch – I talk at the 3:13 mark (and am featured in a few other shots too). You get a great sense of what a stair race event is like, and I’ve spied a bunch of my friends throughout the video too!

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/159736610″>Scale The Strat 2016</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/cashmanproductions”>Cashman Productions</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

All this press is certainly very exciting. It’s quite literally been the highlight of my week. Otherwise, my week has been pretty crummy, thanks to a bum knee.

I’ve had a slight, recurring pain in my right knee for most of the month. I honestly think I tweaked it doing all those burpees. It was never bad enough to keep me from exercising or going about my life. It would flair up a little bit for a day or so, I’d pop an Aleve or two, and it would be fine. Until the beginning of this week, when it started hurting so bad I could barely go up or down stairs. Eek.

So I decided to take the week off from exercising. The inability to exercise has been depressing – especially since my next race is a week from Saturday – but I know I’m doing the right thing. I don’t think there’s a larger issue. There’s no visible signs of injury (no swelling, redness, bruising, etc.) – just pain resulting from overuse (I’ve been going hard for months now). I’ve dealt with similar issues in my foot, and I know I just have to let the injury heal, and not risk aggravating it by exercising before it’s fully healed.

So I’ve spent a lot of time on my couch, but I’m not entirely sedentary. My main bitch Maude needs outdoor time, and her three daily walks add up to 1-1.5 miles of walking a day. Maude, by the way, is going great. Sometimes I just have to drop everything and spoon with her.


I haven’t worked out since Sunday, but soon, I’m going to ease myself back into exercise, gingerly, by doing something no-impact, like recumbent bike. I’ll continue to listen to my body, but my body better be back in fighting form by next weekend, because I intend to tear it up at my next race!

Keep it up, David!


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3 Responses to I’m in a Magazine! AND a Video! AND Ouch! My Knee!

  1. G.M. Grena says:

    Nice article & video! Congratulations & thanks for sharing! Very smart to play it safe with the knee pain, & I hope it gets better soon!

  2. Sarah Van Houten says:


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