November 7, 2019
Hello, Willis Tower!
You may know this towering skyscraper as Sears Tower. I know it as the home to the tallest stairwell in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest stair race, too!
SkyRise Chicago, which benefits the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, has a start line two floors below ground, and a finish line on the 103rd floor. There’s 105 floors, and 2,159 steps, in between. Read the rest of this entry »
October 21, 2019
The finish line is in sight, folks. I recently competed in my 36th race of the year, which means… I only have four to go! I’m already registered for three of them, and those three are all stair races in skyscrapers. That alone is exciting, because I haven’t raced in a skyscraper since my Cleveland race in June.
These three races are also all fundraisers, and that’s also exciting, because who doesn’t love helping worthy causes? I wish I Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
June 27, 2016
I was about to start this post by inviting everyone to guess where I was, but I already blew it, thanks to the title I chose. So… Greetings from Chicago!
That’s the rooftop deck in my sister’s building. And if you’re thinking it’s completely awesome, well, you’re 100% correct!
After Maude’s death, I really wanted to get away from Los Angeles, and Chicago was the perfect choice. I was already Read the rest of this entry »
November 4, 2014
The SkyRise Chicago photographer got an awesome shot of me at the end of the Willis Tower stair race on Sunday (my recap, with lots of photos, is here), and I couldn’t wait to share it. Here I am between the 102nd and 103rd floors, trying to finish strong:
Stairwells can be Read the rest of this entry »
November 3, 2014
You know that feeling when you’re so exhausted you just gotta sit down? I had that feeling yesterday, and I found the best place ever to plant my tired butt:
The ledge on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago! I was exhausted because it was my first time competing in SkyRise Chicago, the annual race up the tallest stairwell in the country. It was a killer.
This was the first race where I Read the rest of this entry »
September 29, 2014
It’s been over a week since my last stair race (my very successful ascent up the US Bank Tower). This past week has definitely been an “off” week for me. There was lots of food I wouldn’t otherwise eat. (I even visited a drive-thru. Or two.) I skipped workouts so my body could recover. I’m just now starting to get back into the swing of things. I worked out both days this weekend, and ate great as well. I’m starting to get focused again… and I have a LOT to focus on, because my next race is a little over a month away! And it’s in a completely different time zone!
I announced last month that I’m heading to Illinois for SkyRise Chicago, the stair race at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. And now I have another exciting race announcement: I’m Read the rest of this entry »