“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 »


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 »


May Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report

May 5, 2015

I’ve settled into a routine where I only do weigh-ins once a month. If I do them more frequently, I start to obsess over the numbers and I don’t need that particular obsession in my life. If I do them less frequently, I find myself derailing off my program, due to a lack of accountability.

My weigh-ins are on the first of the month. This one is a few days delayed, because I was up north when April turned to May, but I weighed myself when I got back. Wanna see how I updated my weight loss chart? Read the rest of this entry »


Fun With Maps: How Far is 1,500 Miles?

April 15, 2015

Put your nerd hats on, folks, because this post is filled with evidence of my nerdiness. (I never take my nerd hat off, by the way.)

Last week, when I was having a hard time, I promised myself that I would go running. It felt great – I ran 2.6 miles and climbed 68 floors of stairs at a local parking garage. (The garage isn’t 68 stories tall, it’s four. I ran it 14 times.) The run felt great, and afterward, I posted this photo on social media:

david-after-run

In addition to providing a much needed boost to my emotional state, that run turned out to be a milestone run. Those 2.6 miles pushed me across a major threshold: Read the rest of this entry »


The Benefits of a Good Cry

April 7, 2015

This posts has good news and not-so-good news. Here’s the good news: There’s a great article, published today, about the benefits of a cathartic workout – one that pushes you to do things you didn’t think you could do, or helps you access and process the feelings that have been bottled up. It’s a great article and you should definitely read it, but in case you need another reason: check it out because I’m in it!

The article is called “The Unique Release of an Emotionally Cathartic Workout” and you can read it here. It’s on Read the rest of this entry »


A Sick Performance in San Francisco (Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

March 30, 2015

Two Race Recaps, back to back? Yup, that’s what can happen when you compete in four races in one month, which is what I just did. First, stair climbs in Detroit and Phoenix, then the Warrior Dash last weekend, and now the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb in San Francisco.

These races are often in landmark buildings, but this day had a bonus landmark. We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge to get into the city!

driving-across-golden-gate-bridge

I saw “we” because I had a cheering section for this race: my Read the rest of this entry »


I’m a WARRIOR! (Warrior Dash 5K Race Recap)

March 25, 2015

I got a little dirty this past weekend.

After-Warrior-Dash

That, my friends, is MUD, and it was a whole lotta fun getting that muddy. It happened at the Warrior Dash, a 5k race that combines running with a mud-filled obstacle course.

I’ve been hearing about races like these Read the rest of this entry »


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