Sand Dune Adventures Up North!

October 18, 2020

Get ready to shake sand out of your shoes for weeks, because… Sand Dune Alert!

I came back earlier today from a great weekend excursion – an overnight trip up north, designed with one goal in mind: to have an excellent, unique workout experience.

One of the things I miss most about living in Los Angeles Read the rest of this entry »


Racing Up The Tallest* Outdoor Stairway in Michigan! (Pine Mountain 500 Race Recap)

August 7, 2019

*probably

Last weekend I competed in my 29th race of the year, and my second in Michigan’s gorgeous – and incredibly remote – Upper Peninsula. I earned the biggest, heaviest finisher’s medal I’ve ever seen!

The race was called the Pine Mountain 500, and it was held at the Pine Mountain Ski Resort in Iron Mountain. There’s a ski jump there, and alongside the jump is a 500-step stairway. Read the rest of this entry »


Happy Birthday, Brian, and Rest In Peace

July 22, 2019
Brian Zamboni, competing during a race in Dallas.

Earlier this year, I competed in a 6-hour stair race in Salt Lake City. During the race, a friend named Brian Zamboni suffered a massive heart attack, collapsed, and ultimately passed away a few days later.

I first met Brian a few years back. We met when Brian approached me at a race to talk about this blog, which he had found helpful. We weren’t super close, but I enjoyed chatting with him at various races across the country. He was kind, supportive, and friendly, and I admired his focus and drive in the stairwell.

I think about Brian frequently, especially Read the rest of this entry »


Where’s the Elevator Down? (The Inclinator Race Recap)

July 14, 2019

One week ago, I stumbled across a stair race online. I hadn’t heard about it before. I signed up. It was on a whim, but the race was different and cheap ($15). It was called the Inclinator, and this little race ended up being one of the toughest events I’ve ever done.

I’m showing off my bib number – they wrote it on my arm with a Sharpie. Good ol’ lucky number 7!

The Inclinator event happened at the Stairs on Division, a public stairway going up a hillside in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I had never been to these stairs before, but they remind me of Read the rest of this entry »


My First Proper Stair Workout in Michigan… And It Was TOUGH!

July 9, 2019

Hey, look! Lots of stairs!

I spent about an hour running up stairs this morning, and it occurred to me, mid-workout, that it was actually my very first stair workout since moving to Michigan three months ago. Hard to believe, but true! Read the rest of this entry »


A San Diego Stair Adventure!

January 21, 2019

I was in San Diego over the weekend, and met up with my friend Z at one of his favorite stair training venues… and it was awesome!

We met at San Diego Mesa College, a community college that’s literally on a geographical mesa. The campus is Read the rest of this entry »


The Manitou Incline Has 2,768 Steps… The Longest Stairway I’ve Ever Climbed!

December 2, 2018

Check out this view!

Now check out this feat: I’m at the top of the Manitou Incline, a 2,768-step stairway that goes straight up the side of a mountain in Colorado. It’s the longest flight of stairs I’ve ever climbed – and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years. Read the rest of this entry »


Three Awesome Stair Workouts… and TWO Were at Theme Parks!

September 12, 2018

My new puppy JJ is a now a stair climber!

Climbing stairs with JJ is one of the three workouts I’m covering in this post. I’m going to start with my workout at Universal Studios Hollywood, which may seem like déjà vu if you’ve been a long-time reader. Read the rest of this entry »


A New As-Seen-On-TV Workout… on a Stairway Covered with Snakes!

September 6, 2018

I found a super cool stairway covered in snakes!

I’ll get out of the way, so you can see the full mural in its full glory. Read the rest of this entry »


I Just Learned About These Epic Public Stairs, Just Minutes From My Childhood Home

July 24, 2018

Isn’t is fantastic when you learn something new about the area where you grew up? I spent decades not paying attention to stairs, but now that I seek them out for workout purposes, I find them everywhere!

This monster set of stairs is in Read the rest of this entry »