A New As-Seen-On-TV Workout… on a Stairway Covered with Snakes!

September 6, 2018

I found a super cool stairway covered in snakes!

I’ll get out of the way, so you can see the full mural in its full glory. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Don’t Want To Be Judged… So I Need To Stop Judging Others

August 24, 2017

I’ve been training in a skyscraper stairwell again. I’ve headed to a 55-story skyscraper twice in the past few weeks to climb the stairs, and I’m headed back there tomorrow.

I noticed myself thinking unfair thoughts while in the stairwell during those two workouts, so I’m calling myself out on it, because I need to stop. I need to shift my thinking. Read the rest of this entry »


Stair Training Has Resumed…and I Really Need Your Advice

August 12, 2015

I had a very nice two-month hiatus from stairs, but now that’s over. I’m back in the stairwell! Training began last week. I’m not quite ready to share my entire fall racing schedule, but the first one will probably be the Stair Climb for Los Angeles, in the 75-story US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles (more on that in a future post, but here’s my recap from last year’s race). One of the cool things about this race is that they arrange training sessions in a neighboring skyscraper, which is awesome, because the best place to train for a stair race is on stairs!

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This is the Wells Fargo Center. It’s 55 stories tall.  Read the rest of this entry »


A New Training Personal Best?

February 13, 2015

Stair race season is in full swing. I’ve already raced twice this year, and my next race is soon, in Detroit! In April, I’ll be racing in the Aon Center in Los Angeles, and they open up the stairwell at certain times for training purposes. That’s how I ended up, the other day, on the 55th floor.

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I was breathing too heavily to smile, because I had just Read the rest of this entry »


A New Training Stairwell (Not Really)

October 9, 2014

Problem: I have stair races coming up in a few weeks, starting with a climb to the 103rd floor of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in Chicago. I haven’t been in a stairwell since my last race, at the US Bank Tower, a few weeks ago. I need to train!

Solution: Time to find a skyscraper to train in! The other night, I did just that.

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This is the Read the rest of this entry »


Race Recap: Stair Climb For Los Angeles 2014

September 22, 2014

At one point during the day on Friday, I collapsed onto the floor, and, for a few minutes, I couldn’t have gotten up to save my life.

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Every muscle burned. My heart was pounding close to 170 beats per minute. I could have filled a bucket with the sweat dripping down my face and soaking my clothes.

This is what happens to me at the end of a stair race, and on Friday, I raced up the tallest building on the west coast. The building is Read the rest of this entry »


Support My Climb… It’s Two Weeks Away!

September 12, 2013

I’ve been going gangbusters on the StairMaster during the past week and a half. The StairMaster has been part of 5 of my workouts, sometimes as my warm-up, sometimes as more. If you combine those 5 efforts, I’ve gone for 85 minutes and climbed 368 floors. Not too shabby!

There’s a reason I’ve been focusing on the StairMaster, and I was reminded of that reason the other day, when I came face to face with it downtown:

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The US Bank Tower. Not only is it the tallest building in Los Angeles, it’s also the Read the rest of this entry »