April 23, 2018
Racing up stairs is challenging. That’s an understatement, actually. It’s excruciating difficult and ridiculously exhausting. Due to the intense nature of the sport, every single second counts. My goal, when I race up a building I’ve raced before, is simple: be faster than last time. On Saturday, I had another opportunity to reach that goal, and I only had to climb 1,029 steps to make it happen.
The race was Read the rest of this entry »
February 11, 2018
Some Sunday mornings are meant for sleeping in and lazing about. Other Sunday mornings are meant for racing up 200 stories! Guess which experience I had yesterday?
That’s the US Bancorp Tower, in Portland, Oregon, and I climbed the 40-story stairwell inside five times. It was quite the morning, in ways both expected and unexpected. Read the rest of this entry »
January 16, 2018
I was lying on the carpet, unable to move. Pain and fatigue pulsed through my body, and every limb felt heavy, like I was being pressed into the floor. A woman appeared, looking down at me. “Are you finished?” I nodded, and she disappeared, only to return a few seconds later, ripping open a little plastic pouch with her teeth. She pulled a gorgeous multi-colored medal from the pouch, and I reached up, slowly, and took it from her. I pushed a few words out, in between gasps for air: “It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” She laughed and walked away, and as I rested the medal on my chest, my vision suddenly got cloudy. My eyes were filling with tears, and I started sobbing, nearly 500 feet above the Dallas sidewalk.
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Before I begin this recap of my experiences at the Dallas Vert Mile, I want to remind everyone reading this that Read the rest of this entry »
December 11, 2017
I ended my 2017 race calendar on a high note, along the shores of Lake Hodges in Escondido, California.
And much like the route of the 10K I ran, the story of how I got there is long and twisty, with lots of ups and downs. I’ve only known about this race for less than a week!
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September 4, 2017
You know it’s going to be a good day when you’re pinning a race bib to your shirt at 5:30 am!
I’ve done a few running races this year (like the 10K Pride Run and the 10K Coaster Run), but I was much more excited for this race – because it was in a location that, the rest of the year, is completely closed to pedestrians: Read the rest of this entry »
August 21, 2017
I love a race that ends with a view. It’s one of the things that got me hooked on stair racing – there’s nothing better than a finish line 60 or 70 stories above the ground! The finish line at Conquer the Overlook has a magnificent view… Check it out!
You can see the Los Angeles skyline in the upper right corner! I’m standing on Read the rest of this entry »
August 7, 2017
This past weekend turned out NOTHING like I was expecting. I went to Whistler, a ski resort town in British Columbia, to compete in an notoriously difficult race, but mother nature had her own ideas. The race was the Red Bull 400, the steepest 400-meter running race on the planet. Why is it so steep? Because you’re running up an Olympic ski jump.
Two thumbs down for a cancelled race!
These ski jumps were built for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and normally they’re used in the winter, when jumpers reach speeds of Read the rest of this entry »