One Morning. Two Separate Stair Races. My First Triumphant Double Header! (2017 SkyRise Chicago and Chicago CF Climb Race Recaps)

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 »

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Five Stair Races in the Next Three Months… I Need Your Help!

October 2, 2017

The end of the year is coming soon, but there’s no time to rest. I’ve done seven stair races so far in 2017, and I’ve got five more lined up between now and the end of December!

Photo from the US Bank Tower race a week and a half ago, taken on the final flight of stairs, 75 stories up!

I’ll be racing in four different cities – including two I’ve never raced in before. I’m Read the rest of this entry »


My Fifth Race Up the Tallest Stairwell in the West! (Stair Climb for Los Angeles Race Recap)

September 26, 2017

Last weekend was the Stair Climb for Los Angeles, the Downtown-Ketchum YMCA’s annual race up the stairwell in the 75-story US Bank Tower, from the sidewalk to the tallest roof in Los Angeles!

This was my fifth consecutive year competing, and while I was excited to attempt a new personal best, I didn’t have Read the rest of this entry »


I Don’t Want To Be Judged… So I Need To Stop Judging Others

August 24, 2017

I’ve been training in a skyscraper stairwell again. I’ve headed to a 55-story skyscraper twice in the past few weeks to climb the stairs, and I’m headed back there tomorrow.

I noticed myself thinking unfair thoughts while in the stairwell during those two workouts, so I’m calling myself out on it, because I need to stop. I need to shift my thinking. Read the rest of this entry »


Stairs + Obstacle Course = A Unique and Rewarding Race Experience! (Tower 2 Tower Race Recap)

June 5, 2017

I had a nice six-week hiatus from racing, but on Saturday I pinned a bib to my chest and a timing chip to my shoe, and participated in Tower 2 Tower, a fun and different stair race in Oxnard, California. This race is special because it’s the only race I’ve done that involves stairwells in two separate buildings. The race begins with a climb up the 14-story City National Bank Building…

…and ends with a Read the rest of this entry »


I Love a Good Action Shot!

May 23, 2017

There are professional photographers at many of the stair races I do. And I got my hands on the pictures from my most recent race, in San Francisco!

There are often photographers at the starting line or finish line, but my favorite is when they’re Read the rest of this entry »


A Totally New Stair Race Experience (2017 San Francisco Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

April 26, 2017

I’m back from San Francisco, where, for the third year in a row, I competed in the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb. While three-peating here might make me a veteran, this year’s race was new, thanks to a change in venue. This race was held, for the first time, in 101 California, a glass skyscraper that reaches 48 stories into the sky.

101 California isn’t a landmark or a record-holder – it’s currently tied as the city’s 8th-tallest building. In fact, it’s best known as the site of a horrific tragedy Read the rest of this entry »