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 »

Belated Training Post: Swan and Eldred

December 16, 2014

I switched up my workouts before last weekend’s Hike the Halo race. I bumped up my running, and did a couple workouts specifically designed to help me prepare. Both those workouts involved… lots and lots of stairs. (Surprise, surprise!)


In a perfect world, I would have published this post before the big race, but as we all know, the world isn’t perfect, and I got a Read the rest of this entry »

Race Recap: Los Angeles CF Climb 2014

November 19, 2014

Another weekend, another race! On Saturday, I competed in my third stair race of the past two weeks. Whereas the first two were in Chicago (in Willis Tower and 300 North LaSalle), this race was close to home, in the Figueroa at Wilshire building in downtown Los Angeles. It’s 54 stories from sidewalk to roof.


I didn’t feel great going into this race. I typically Read the rest of this entry »

Four Times Up the Wells Fargo Center. Yup, FOUR!

September 9, 2014

I wasn’t planning on last night’s workout being a record-breaker, but it was. I love a nice surprise! Especially when, as I mentioned in my last post, I’m getting back on track after a less-active-than-normal week. My successes last night were in the stairwell of the Wells Fargo Center downtown:


The Wells Fargo Center has Read the rest of this entry »


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