Racing Up The Tallest* Outdoor Stairway in Michigan! (Pine Mountain 500 Race Recap)

August 7, 2019

*probably

Last weekend I competed in my 29th race of the year, and my second in Michigan’s gorgeous – and incredibly remote – Upper Peninsula. I earned the biggest, heaviest finisher’s medal I’ve ever seen!

The race was called the Pine Mountain 500, and it was held at the Pine Mountain Ski Resort in Iron Mountain. There’s a ski jump there, and alongside the jump is a 500-step stairway. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Just Weighed Myself For The First Time In Seven Months, And I Learned Some Valuable Lessons

August 5, 2019

Check it out, it’s the return of my weight loss chart!

I last time I had my monthly weigh-in was on New Year’s Day. It wasn’t my intention to go so long without weighing in, but time just has a way of slipping through your fingers, doesn’t it? I honestly can’t remember what Read the rest of this entry »


My Michigan Grocery Options

July 30, 2019

When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to be a contestant on “Supermarket Sweep,” a game show that culminated with people running through a supermarket at top speed.

It wasn’t a good show, but it was fun, and it combined two of my favorite things, Read the rest of this entry »


Happy Birthday, Brian, and Rest In Peace

July 22, 2019
Brian Zamboni, competing during a race in Dallas.

Earlier this year, I competed in a 6-hour stair race in Salt Lake City. During the race, a friend named Brian Zamboni suffered a massive heart attack, collapsed, and ultimately passed away a few days later.

I first met Brian a few years back. We met when Brian approached me at a race to talk about this blog, which he had found helpful. We weren’t super close, but I enjoyed chatting with him at various races across the country. He was kind, supportive, and friendly, and I admired his focus and drive in the stairwell.

I think about Brian frequently, especially Read the rest of this entry »


In The Midst of a Major Transition? Keep Your Health On Track With This One Rule

July 21, 2019

I’ve started my new job! My first day outfit:

It’s been going really well. The company and my colleagues are great. There’s a steeping learning curve, and weeks of training that I’ve only just begun, but I’m excited to show up, and Read the rest of this entry »


A Cool, Refreshing Dip In The Lake And… A Cool, Refreshing Dip In My Stomach!

July 17, 2019

I went swimming with JJ for the first time. It. Was. Awesome!

My parents and I were invited to Read the rest of this entry »


Where’s the Elevator Down? (The Inclinator Race Recap)

July 14, 2019

One week ago, I stumbled across a stair race online. I hadn’t heard about it before. I signed up. It was on a whim, but the race was different and cheap ($15). It was called the Inclinator, and this little race ended up being one of the toughest events I’ve ever done.

I’m showing off my bib number – they wrote it on my arm with a Sharpie. Good ol’ lucky number 7!

The Inclinator event happened at the Stairs on Division, a public stairway going up a hillside in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I had never been to these stairs before, but they remind me of Read the rest of this entry »