This Tiny City Has a Great Big Monster of a Stair Race! (Climb Wyndham Race Recap)

March 12, 2017

I take photos after all of my stair races, but this selfie, taken seconds after crossing the finish line and collapsing onto the carpet, really captures how thoroughly punishing and draining a stair race is. This is after one hour in the stairwell:

(A volunteer gave me the sponge, which had been soaking in ice water, and it really helped cool me down.)

The race was Climb Wyndham, the Fight For Air Climb put on by the American Lung Association of Illinois. You might think an Illinois-based stair climb would be in Chicago, which is quite literally the birthplace of the skyscraper. But you’d be wrong: Read the rest of this entry »


I’ve Hustled During Dozens of Races… But on Sunday, I Hustled Up The Hancock for the Very First Time!

February 27, 2017

I teased, in my last post, that the stair race I did on Sunday was in an iconic, landmark building, and I didn’t lie. Recognize this 100-story beast?

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Did you guess the John Hancock Center in Chicago? Pat yourself on the back! If you don’t recognize it from that angle, you’ll probably recognize it now: Read the rest of this entry »


I Left Town for a Weekend Getaway… and Stumbled Upon Some Awesome Public Stairways!

January 18, 2017

I spent the weekend in San Clemente, California – a small beach town in Orange County. My entire family gathered there to celebrate my mom’s birthday, and my sisters and I stayed active by going on long walks both days. It was during those walks that we stumbled across a major find… public stairways that would be fantastic for stair training.

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The stairs are all brand new, built as part of the Read the rest of this entry »


A Home Run Performance at Hike the Halo 2016 (Race Recap)

December 12, 2016

The end of the year is fast approaching, and I’m in the home stretch with my 2016 races. My last two are both in December, and the first was on Saturday, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

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This race is called Hike the Halo (benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation), and it’s my Read the rest of this entry »


My Stair Workout Inspired by the Show “This Is Us”

November 7, 2016

This post begins… with a workout selfie.

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But it’s not any ordinary selfie… it’s taken in the exact spot where a scene from the new NBC hit show “This Is Us” was filmed! And I can prove it, with this screengrab of Chrissy Metz (who plays Kate), standing in the same place: Read the rest of this entry »


My Final Training Session on the Stairs. How Did My Foot Fare?

September 29, 2016

The US Bank Tower race is on Friday. I’ve been looking forward to it for months. Unfortunately, my foot still isn’t 100% better (and that’s still frustrating as hell). Call me crazy, but I’m not bailing. I may not be able to race up like a speed demon, like I’ve done in previous years, but I will still make it to the top!

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And I proved that I could on Tuesday night, when I attended the final official training session before the race. Here’s what happened:
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Conquer the Overlook 2016 (Race Recap)

August 31, 2016

I ran a race over the weekend and it kicked my ass. I’ve done some tough races in my day, and even though this was only a 5K, it ranks up there among the most difficult. Why? HILLS. More specifically, HILLS and STAIRS. These are the stairs at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. They’re colloquially known as the Culver City Stairs.

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There’s 282 stairs carved straight up the side of this hill. They’re made from recycled concrete, and each one is different: Read the rest of this entry »