A Skinned Knee, A Forgotten Phone, and a Damn Fast Climb (2015 Los Angeles CF Climb Race Recap)

November 16, 2015

There is nothing more exhilarating than standing on a skyscraper roof, looking for miles in every direction, after a stair climb race. I get the same chills every time, including this past Saturday, when I competed in the Los Angeles CF Climb for the third consecutive year.


It was an eventful, satisfying morning, and one that started on the wrong foot, when I arrived at the race and realized Read the rest of this entry »

My FINAL Fundraising Request of 2015… PLUS, I Find Stairs Wherever I Go!

November 5, 2015

I’m in the home stretch of my 2015 race calendar! I’ve competed in THIRTEEN RACES so far this year – ten stair races, plus three runs (see the full list here). I only have two more left! One is in this towering downtown Los Angeles skyscraper…


…and the other is in the home of the Read the rest of this entry »

My Halloween Weekend… In Pictures

November 2, 2015

I’ve got lots of photos, so I’ll try to keep my words brief. (Good luck to me – brevity isn’t my strong suit!) First, the biggest headline: I didn’t dress up for Halloween. I actually haven’t dressed up since 2011, when I went to a party as Jared Fogel (the Subway guy). Now, just thinking of him makes me shiver in repulsion and disgust, so… man oh man, do I know how to pick a costume!

The most seasonally festive thing I did this weekend was go to…


a CORN MAZE! You all know how much I love mazes – I even sell my hand-drawn themed mazes on Etsy – so navigating my way through Read the rest of this entry »

I Raced Up a 75-Story Building. What Did YOU Do Over the Weekend? (2015 Stair Climb for Los Angeles Race Recap)

September 29, 2015

First off: this headline is not an arrogant, holier-than-thou brag. Yes, I raced. Yes, I’m proud. But not for the reasons you think, because it was actually a really crummy day. This headline is meant to inspire reflection on your own accomplishments, big and small, because they all matter. More on all this to come… Let’s just get right into my own crummy day, shall we?

This building was the setting (that’s me at the bottom!)


Meet the 75-story US Bank Tower, which is the tallest building west of the Mississippi and the Read the rest of this entry »

Four Months. Four Races. I’m Racing Up Lots of Stairs This Fall!

September 15, 2015

I went on a spree over the weekend and registered for stair races that will keep me busy between now and December. The first one is less than two weeks away! And it’s in this behemoth:


The US Bank Tower is Read the rest of this entry »

A Hike to an Illegal Teahouse High in the Mountains

July 29, 2015

I’ve gone on some pretty fun hikes with my pal Jeff. We’ve crossed the Bridge to Nowhere, ascended to Inspiration Point, and walked the very same road Charlie Chaplin once famously walked. A few days ago, we went on another fun hike, to find a beautiful piece of art high up on a mountain. And we got awesome (and smoggy) views along the way!


Our goal was to find a little Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve Triple-Checked The Math… I’ve Done 20 Stair Races!

April 13, 2015

What an exciting weekend. A momentous weekend. A milestone weekend. I competed in my 20th stair race! It was the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb in Los Angeles, in the Aon Center, which, at 63 stories, is the second-tallest building in California.


That wasn’t the only milestone I was celebrating. In addition, it was the Read the rest of this entry »


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