I’m Nearly 1/3rd Done With My Year-Long #40years40races Challenge!

April 10, 2019

It’s only the fourth month of the year, but I’ve already raced more in 2019 than I did in 2011, 2012, and 2013 combined. That’s because I’m in the middle of my #40years40races challenge, which is my quest to compete in 40 races in 2019, in honor of my recent 40th birthday.

I’m doing stair races and running races, and I’ve done so many races in the past few months that I’m starting to lose count. I need to Read the rest of this entry »


I Competed in the Longest, Hardest, and Most Exhausting Event of My Life: A SIX-HOUR Stair Race! (OutClimb Cancer Challenge Race Recap)

March 4, 2019

When my alarm went off at 4:45am Saturday morning, the first thing I did was take a few deep breaths. This was going to be a day like none other I’ve experienced. I was going to push myself harder than ever before, in a challenge that would redefine what I’m capable of, what I could endure, and what I can rise above.

And it was all going to happen in this building, glowing in the pre-dawn darkness, just across the plaza from my Salt Lake City hotel room.

While short compared to towers in other cities, the Read the rest of this entry »


Can I Push It A Little More? (2019 Scale the Strat Race Recap)

February 26, 2019

Hello again, Stratosphere!

I’m back from my Las Vegas trip, where I competed, for the fourth time, in the American Lung Association’s Scale the Strat – a race up 1,391 steps in the tallest freestanding observation tower in the USA.

I didn’t like this race after I did it for the first time in 2014, mostly because Read the rest of this entry »


I’ll Be Competing in a SIX-HOUR Stair Race Next Month! Here’s How You Can Help!

February 10, 2019

Hello again! I’ve been busy and haven’t updated this blog in nearly two weeks. Wow. Nothing to worry about – I’m taking good care of myself. But there is a lot of change coming, and I’m very excited. I’ll share everything in due time, but for now, I’ve registered for a few races I wanted to tell you about, including the longest, hardest, most challenging test of endurance I’ve ever signed up for: A SIX-HOUR STAIR RACE!

I get goosebumps just thinking about it: Read the rest of this entry »


JJ Saw His First Waterfall… and There’s Video!

January 27, 2019

I took JJ on a great hike to Switzer Falls.

And here’s the little YouTube video of JJ splashing around in the pool, fetching sticks! Spoiler alert: It’s adorable. Read the rest of this entry »


600 Stories or Bust! (2019 Dallas Vert Mile Race Recap)

January 15, 2019

It was 5:05am when I arrived at the Reunion Tower in Dallas yesterday, underneath a swirl of dancing, colorful lights. I was here to compete, for the second time, in the hardest race I’ve ever done.

The Dallas Vert Mile had been on my calendar for months, but a pre-race knot formed in my stomach as I Read the rest of this entry »


2018 Year-End Race Report – I Competed in 16 Races!

January 9, 2019

My 2018 Year-End Progress Report is one of my favorite posts, and now it’s a two-parter! I covered weight loss maintenance and exercise in the first part (read it here), and now I’m going to nerd out on all my races.

In 2018, I competed in 16 races. Thirteen were stair races, and three were running races. Those thirteen stair races were in eleven different cities: Read the rest of this entry »


Climbing to New Heights in San Francisco! (Runyon Up Race Recap)

October 22, 2018

When I arrived at the brand new Salesforce Tower in San Francisco yesterday, the top was still shrouded in fog. I took a breath and realized that soon I’ll be climbing to the top of a skyscraper that I can’t fully see!

I’m always excited by a stair race, but I take particular pleasure in Read the rest of this entry »


A Record-Setting Skyscraper is Calling My Name… Help Me Answer the Call!

October 7, 2018

My recent performance at the Stair Climb for Los Angeles, where I did much better than I was expecting, has gotten me pumped about my upcoming races. Here’s my race schedule for the rest of the year – keep reading to see how you can help me reach my goals by supporting some incredible charities!

I’m very excited about my next race, in less than two weeks. It’s a brand new race in a brand new record-setting skyscraper. Read the rest of this entry »


Using Every Method Possible to Get to the Top! (Stair Climb for Los Angeles 2018 Race Recap)

September 30, 2018

I didn’t think I was ready for a stair race. Not yet. It was only a few weeks ago that I was cleared to exercise again after recovering from my LASIK surgery, and getting back into shape has been challenging. And yet, on Friday, I pinned a bib to my shirt and looked up at the skyscraper housing the tallest stairwell west of the Mississippi. Gulp!

This was my sixth year racing at the Stair Climb for Los Angeles, a fundraiser benefiting the Downtown-Ketchum YMCA, so I knew what to expect: Read the rest of this entry »