I Just Want To Be Able To Move After This! (SkyRise Chicago 2019 Race Recap)

November 7, 2019

Hello, Willis Tower!

You may know this towering skyscraper as Sears Tower. I know it as the home to the tallest stairwell in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest stair race, too!

SkyRise Chicago, which benefits the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, has a start line two floors below ground, and a finish line on the 103rd floor. There’s 105 floors, and 2,159 steps, in between. Read the rest of this entry »


What The Hill? Plus, A #40Years40Races Update

June 23, 2019

Another weekend, another race, another finishers medal!

This one was earned at What The Hill?, a 5-ish mile trail race in Rochester Hills, Michigan. (They actually use “5-ish miles” to promote the event!) It was an extraordinarily difficult event – by far the hardest trail race I’ve ever done. (Which isn’t saying a lot, because this is only my fourth.)

Why was it so hard? Because of the hills. Read the rest of this entry »


The Day It All Came Crashing Down

June 28, 2018

The other day I was working from home, sitting in my living room, my laptop on my lap. I was updating a spreadsheet when the quiet was punctured by a sudden, horrific crash. There was a violent clanging of medal, and a heavy thud, and then it was quiet again. It only took a second to realize that my rack of race medals had fallen off the wall.

Damn, it was scary! I startle easily, and Read the rest of this entry »