If you've been by any time in the last month, you probably know I've been training for The Big Climb, a charity event to scale 69 floors in the Columbia Tower in Seattle. (All of my Big Climb posts are available here.)
So how do you train to climb 1311 stairs? Anyone?
That's what I've been trying to figure out. You see, I've never been on a Stairmaster in my life and I don't run. On the plus side, I do like to walk (I'll be walking, not running, the Big Climb on March 20th) and both my work and home require a little stair climbing every day.
In December, I decided to walk about half, just to see if I should even sign up. I made it through 650 stairs, though my calfs got so sore I could barely walk up one flight of stairs the next day. Nonetheless, I made the commitment and in my eminent wisdom decided on the following intermediate goals, mostly because they sounded good:
End of December: 750 steps
End of January: 1000 steps
End of February: 1311 steps
March: 1311 steps on three different staircase layouts
I'm proud to report that last week, I passed 1000 steps (!!!) and yesterday I climbed 1088!
Fundraising Goal for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
|My sons emptied their piggy banks to contribute|
My fundraising goal is $1000. That's about $15 dollars for every flight of stairs I'll be climbing. I know we can do it! My 8 and 10 year old boys dipped into their savings and came up with $20 to help get things started.
If you're interested in contributing, click here for the easy donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Your generosity will be very much appreciated!