Two Virtual Races Under My Belt… In Two Consecutive Weekends

November 1, 2020

I spent some quality time with my favorite running buddy yesterday, and he thanked me with a big ol’ kiss!

JJ and I completed the Pride Stride 5K yesterday, which was a virtual race, which meant we could run it anywhere we wanted, and then submit our time to their website. Virtual races have become Read the rest of this entry »


“I’m Huffing and Puffing and Sweating… How Long Will This Last?”

August 16, 2018

Today I’m answering a reader question, and it’s about a tried-and-true piece of fitness equipment: the stepmill! Let’s see what’s on Lily’s mind.

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STAIR TRAINING 101: Want To Compete In A Stair Race? Here’s What You Need To Know

November 24, 2015

Stair racing is extraordinarily difficult. These races, up the stairs in skyscrapers, are downright grueling. But they’re also ridiculously rewarding, and the feeling of overlooking an entire city, knowing that you climbed to your perch, is second-to-none.

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I’ve been asked (a couple times) to share how to train for a race. I’m happy to share what I know! I’m not the fastest guy at these events, but I’m experienced. I’ve done three dozen of them, in nearly a dozen cities across the country, all in the past few years, and I started as a complete newcomer. I’ve learned a lot! Here’s what you need to know – and how to prepare!
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Final Preparations for This Week’s 75-Story Race!

September 24, 2015

I have a big race in a few days – the YMCA Stair Climb for Los Angeles, in the 75-story US Bank Tower. I’m gunning for a personal best, which would be faster than 18:30. This week I’ve had to improvise with my final workouts – because, well, I’ve been busy!
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Working Out Hard and Breaking Records

August 27, 2014

I’ve been dogsitting for the past few days. It’s been fun hanging out with my canine friends. There’s Scooter…

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…and Pepper… Read the rest of this entry »


Setting StairMaster Records AND My Goal For Vegas

February 25, 2014

Scale the Strat is less than a week away! I’ve been training like crazy, and it’s paying off. I’ve never been more prepared for a stair climb race than I am for this one, and I’m glad that’s the case, because I have generous donors and my first-ever corporate sponsor – StairMaster! – and I don’t want anyone to think I’m slacking. Speaking of StairMaster, I’ve set some personal records at the gym, and I’m proud and excited about that!

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As I explained in my last StairMaster training post, I’ve been Read the rest of this entry »


How To Get Started Using a StairMaster

February 21, 2014

Today’s post tackles a question from a reader! A friend of mine named Judy (not her real name, but I just watched “Judge Judy”) asked me this:

“Stairs are my biggest fear and nemesis and I am determined to conquer them this year. Do you have any tips on how to start stair climbing and maybe what worked for you when you started out? I am doing stairs at work when I can, but my max is 2 floors. I am back to the gym next week and thought I would try StairMaster too, even if it is only 30 seconds at first, just to get started.”

Great question, Judy, and before I answer let me Read the rest of this entry »


StairMaster Training Update

February 13, 2014

My big stair climb race up the Stratosphere in Las Vegas is less than three weeks away, and I’ve been working hard to get prepared. I feel like my training got off to a slow start, thanks to my having to recover from a bruised rib, but it’s been picking up, and I still have a few weeks ahead of me.

I’ve spent a lot of time using the StairMaster at the gym. Check out what I did last night:

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I climbed 113 floors in 20 minutes! More importantly, Read the rest of this entry »


Keep It Up David… IN SIN CITY!

February 3, 2014

It’s been almost two and a half months since I’ve done any stair climb racing… time to announce my next race!

After competing in five stair climb races in and around Los Angeles (read about them all here), I’m spreading my wings and heading to a completely different state. So long, California… and hello, Nevada! My next race is on Sunday, March 2, 2014 and it’s up the tallest structure in Las Vegas…

THE STRATOSPHERE!

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At 1,149 feet tall, the Stratosphere is Read the rest of this entry »


Final Preparations Before the Big Race… AGAIN.

November 15, 2013

On Saturday I’m competing in the CF Climb, a race up the stairwell of the Figueroa at Wilshire tower in downtown Los Angeles. It’s a charity event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and it’s the first stair climb race where I’ve given myself a very specific and challenging time-based goal.

Holy hell, I’m experiencing deja vu while writing this! It’s because Read the rest of this entry »