An Airport Layover, ‘Keep It Up, David’ Style

July 10, 2018

My recent flight to Detroit included a two-hour layover in San Francisco. My philosophy about layovers is this: I had just spent time (sometimes hours) on a cramped airplane, and I have more cramped airplane excitement ahead of me, so when I have time to kill in an airport during a layover, I want to stretch my long legs (I’m 6’4″) and move. Read the rest of this entry »

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More Photos From a VERY Active Weekend in San Francisco

April 24, 2018

One might rightfully assume that climbing the stairs in a 48-story skyscraper twice (read details here) would be a satisfactory workout for the day, but NOT FOR US! When we left the Fight For Air Climb in San Francisco, it wasn’t to go have brunch or head home. We headed to a famous stadium, where we… continued to exercise!
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Every Second Counts (2018 San Francisco Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

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 »


Help Me Support the American Lung Association… And Support My Stair Racing at the Same Time!

January 31, 2018

My big Parisian adventure is about six weeks away, but the Eiffel Tower race isn’t the only one on my calendar. I’m criss-crossing the western United States before and after I go to France, and I need your help!

I’ve signed up for FOUR Fight For Air Climbs. All these events are hosted by Read the rest of this entry »


I Love a Good Action Shot!

May 23, 2017

There are professional photographers at many of the stair races I do. And I got my hands on the pictures from my most recent race, in San Francisco!

There are often photographers at the starting line or finish line, but my favorite is when they’re Read the rest of this entry »


Crabs, Beet Juice, and Other Highlights From My San Francisco Trip

April 27, 2017

Competing in the San Francisco Fight For Air Climb was certainly a highlight of last weekend, but the weekend had lots of fun stuff – and the stairs at 101 California weren’t even the only stairs I climbed!

Check out the view from these public stairs! Gorgeous. These are the Read the rest of this entry »


A Totally New Stair Race Experience (2017 San Francisco Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

April 26, 2017

I’m back from San Francisco, where, for the third year in a row, I competed in the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb. While three-peating here might make me a veteran, this year’s race was new, thanks to a change in venue. This race was held, for the first time, in 101 California, a glass skyscraper that reaches 48 stories into the sky.

101 California isn’t a landmark or a record-holder – it’s currently tied as the city’s 8th-tallest building. In fact, it’s best known as the site of a horrific tragedy Read the rest of this entry »