Today is National Take the Stairs Day! (And I’ve Been Celebrating All Week)

January 11, 2017

Dust off your sneakers, because today is National Take the Stairs Day! I’ve been going cuckoo bananas with the stairs lately. Over the weekend I climbed to this awesome perch…

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…FIVE TIMES! 48 stories x 5 climbs = 240 total stories. And yes, that’s as Read the rest of this entry »


Motivation: The Struggle is Real

September 11, 2016

On paper, it looks like I’ve had some awesome workouts in the past few days. On Thursday night, I climbed a 51-story building four times…

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…and then, less than 48 hours later, I climbed a Read the rest of this entry »


An Impressive Return to the Stairwell AND My All-Time Highest National Ranking!

August 11, 2016

It’s been nearly two months since I’ve raced or trained in a stairwell. After the TOWERthon in June, I was ready for a break. That was my 9th stair race in six months! Now, though, I have to start getting ready for my fall stair races. And that meant… time to get back in the stairwell!

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I didn’t waste any time. I returned to Los Angeles on Saturday, and my stair training began Read the rest of this entry »


Book Report: See Jane Climb

July 19, 2016

Compared to most other sports, stair racing is rather unknown. When I tell people that I race up the stairwells in skyscrapers, more often than not, the response I get is something like, What? Really? Is that a thing? But that’s slowly changing. Awareness is growing, thanks to articles (like this one, featuring me!), stories on the news (like this one, featuring my friend Lisa!), and other press. So when a book came out all about the sport, I devoured it in a couple sittings.

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The book is called “See Jane Climb: How Competitive Stair Climbing Changed My Life,” by Jane Trahanovsky, and it’s a Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Racing This Weekend Whether I’m Ready Or Not…

April 8, 2016

…And I’m as ready as I’m going to get!

It’s been a tough couple of weeks, ever since I stopped exercising to let my knee get better. But last night I attended the final stairwell training session in the Aon Center, and I feel pretty good. And exhausted.

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I was skeptical about what I’d be able to do in the stairwell without aggravating my knee, but Read the rest of this entry »


Three Days Until I Conquer Denver!

February 18, 2016

I’m headed off to Denver this weekend, for my next stair race. I’m getting excited… and nervous. It’s in the 56-story Republic Plaza:

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The race ends on the 53rd floor… but starts two stories down, in the basement… but the lobby is twice as tall as the other floors… and I don’t know if there’s a 13th floor or not… so I’m not sure of the exact floor count. It’s a lot. And in the tallest building in Colorado. And there’s one big secret that I haven’t shared with you about this race… UNTIL NOW! Read the rest of this entry »


A Great Day For A Hollywood Bowl Workout

February 15, 2016

I kicked off my weekend with an awesome workout on Friday…and I’m still sore. The venue for my workout was one of the most famous places in Los Angeles: The Hollywood Bowl!

Look closely: I’m balancing on the narrow tops of two benches. My legs are quivering. Also, check out the Hollywood Sign in the distance!

This isn’t my first workout at the Hollywood Bowl – nor is it my Read the rest of this entry »