This past Sunday, it was my immense pleasure to be part of the Fight for Air Climb! Brian and I conquered mountains of stairs to help raise funds for clean air and to help those who can’t breathe on their own, people who struggle with asthma and those fighting lung cancer.
4 buildings, 93 flights, 1,801 stairs.
To my dismay, I can’t boast that I completed the feat above. 735 steps in, after finishing the first and second buildings, I started coughing and couldn’t get myself to stop for more than a minute or two at a time, regardless of the three bottles of water I downed. I must have gotten some kind of irritant stuck in my airway, so Brian and I decided that coughing up the last two stairways wasn’t such a good idea. However, we both had a blast climbing the stairs that we were able to!
We were in the second wave of climbers, so we arrived at 7:20 a.m. (no, you didn’t read that wrong) and were climbing around 8. There was a such a huge variety of people who participated, from climbers in superhero garb to firefighters completely geared up (I’m told their gear weighs about 70 lbs). At one point during my climb, a woman who looked about 70 years old passed me!
In my mind, I had pictured myself hopping up the stairs like a spry Easter bunny. In reality, I was pushing myself to pick up the pace at floor 7 when I realized they were snapping photos on that flight. No one will ever have evidence that I dragged myself up by the handrail on step 735!
One thing that surprised me was how fast my glutes and quads started burning compared to jogging. After this weekend, I think I need to incorporate a few flights into my weekly workouts!
Have you ever participated in a stair climb event? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience!