I Competed in the Dallas Vert Mile and Climbed More Stairs In One Day Than EVER Before

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 »

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I Competed in 18 Races in 2017. A Brief Look Back Before I Start Looking Forward.

January 8, 2018

I published my 2017 Year-End Progress Report a week ago, but it occurred to me the other day that something was missing. It covers my weight loss and maintenance, my workout progress report, and my cardio miles, but there was no mention of my races. And I raced a lot. 

Time to remedy the situation! In the future, Read the rest of this entry »


My Final Race of 2017… Was My First Trail 10K! (Del Dios Trail 10K Race Recap)

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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I Think I’m Gonna Barf (Los Angeles CF Climb 2017 Race Recap)

December 4, 2017

On Thursday, I woke up feeling ill. Typical cold symptoms: sneezy, snotty, stuffed up. On Friday, I felt a little better. On Saturday, I felt a lot worse. On Sunday… I competed in a stair race.

This race has been on my calendar for a long time. It was the Los Angeles CF Climb, organized by and benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I felt achy, sniffly and exhausted as soon as I woke up on Sunday, but I didn’t Read the rest of this entry »


Milwaukee CF Climb Race Recap AND Photos From My 17 Hours in the Badger State

November 12, 2017

Milwaukee is COLD! I was only there for one night, but the temperature, with wind chill, was in the single digits. Brrrr! Preparing for my latest race in my hotel room meant dressing for the race, then layering on a hoodie, two jackets, plus a hat, scarf and gloves.

I was staying in a downtown hotel (more on that later), and I walked to Read the rest of this entry »


One Morning. Two Separate Stair Races. My First Triumphant Double Header! (2017 SkyRise Chicago and Chicago CF Climb Race Recaps)

November 7, 2017

There are many reasons why I love competing in stair races, but the very first thing that hooked me was the overwhelming feeling that comes after I cross a finish line – a one-of-a-kind swirl of pride, accomplishment, invincibility, pain and exhaustion. Prior to my involvement in this sport, I had never felt it before, and now I can’t get enough of it. This picture, taken moments after crossing a finish line on Saturday, is the closest I’ve come to capturing that feeling:

Now, when I look at it, I can see every component of that feeling pretty clearly: Read the rest of this entry »


WTF! Where’s the Finish? (Tram Road Challenge 2017 Race Recap)

October 30, 2017

Saturday was a monumental day. A day for the history books! And it began as the sun was rising in Palm Springs, California.

Yup, that’s a race bib pinned to my shirt. I shared, a few weeks ago, my stair race itinerary for the rest of the year, but I didn’t mention this terribly grueling running race I was also signed up for. Grueling is the perfect adjective for this particular event! Read the rest of this entry »