A Busy, Busy, Busy New York City Weekend in 20 Photos

October 6, 2016

My stair race wasn’t the only big event of the weekend, it was just the first. Hours after the race, I was on a redeye to New York City! The reason for the trip was my cousin’s wedding, but I tacked on a couple days to visit friends.

My cousin Rob and his new wife Chloe know how to throw a party. It was a formal, black tie affair, which meant I wore a tuxedo for the first time since my junior prom! Pretty snazzy.


(I posted another tuxedo picture on Instagram; see it here!)

The ceremony was at a church in Greenwich, Connecticut, and the reception was at a fancy country club in Westchester County, New York, that looked straight out of Read the rest of this entry »

Why Yes, That IS My Face on 4,000 Race Bibs!

October 5, 2016

My race recap from the Stair Climb for Los Angeles at the US Bank Tower is a thorough account of what happened last Friday (read it here!), but there’s one major thing I left out. They put me on all the bibs!


That’s me, looking up at the building! How sweet is that? I wish I could say it was a surprise for me, but it wasn’t. A couple months ago, Read the rest of this entry »

A Thrilling, Unexpected Surprise in the Tallest Stairwell West of the Mississippi! (2016 Stair Climb for Los Angeles Race Recap)

October 5, 2016

I’ve got a LOT to blog about. I traveled this past weekend, and had a great trip, but my weekend began in Los Angeles with a race on Friday up the tallest stairwell west of the Mississippi. Introducing (for the fourth year in a row) the… US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles!


75 stories. 1,664 steps. The finish line on the roof is 1,005 feet above the sidewalk. It doesn’t matter that I’ve Read the rest of this entry »

My Final Training Session on the Stairs. How Did My Foot Fare?

September 29, 2016

The US Bank Tower race is on Friday. I’ve been looking forward to it for months. Unfortunately, my foot still isn’t 100% better (and that’s still frustrating as hell). Call me crazy, but I’m not bailing. I may not be able to race up like a speed demon, like I’ve done in previous years, but I will still make it to the top!


And I proved that I could on Tuesday night, when I attended the final official training session before the race. Here’s what happened:
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Hey Everyone! Meet My New Dog, RUFUS!

September 26, 2016

Check it out, it’s my new buddy Rufus! I brought Rufus home from the animal rescue yesterday, and he’s already bringing me so much joy.


He’s ready to go check out his new home!

Rufus is a mutt, but he’s a big part Mastiff, with maybe some Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Frustrating Thing About My Foot

September 22, 2016

On Saturday, I aggravated my foot injury while hiking. The very same injury that sidelined me at the beginning of the month, the one that sabotaged my motivation. And just when I had finally pulled myself out of that hole, that hike pushed me right back in. UGH! Sidebar: Injury aside, it was a great hike. I scattered my dog’s ashes, spent quality time with friends, and Tavi took this picture, which I absolutely love:


So, this week has been spent nursing my bum foot. Again. To catch everyone up, I have a Read the rest of this entry »

It Looks Like a Quinoa Salad… But It’s NOT!

September 20, 2016

If it looks like a grain-based salad, and it tastes like a grain-based salad, it’s gotta be a grain-based salad, right?


WRONG! There’s not a single grain on that plate. I made this salad with… Read the rest of this entry »