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What I Learned About Taking First Place in My Stair Climbing Competition

By September 8, 2014 No Comments

I was recently in Chicago after completing the Storm the Stadium 6,000 stair running race. To make a long story short, the race was extremely disorganized, they sent some people in the wrong direction, and throughout the race it was very difficult to know where to run next.

1 WinnerI ended up taking 1st place in the elite category, with over 1,000 competitors overall. My client and stair training partner, Tessa (shown in picture), took second overall and first for the women. It shows just how fit clients get with our programs.

I think there would have been a few competitors who would have beat me had the course been better marked, but at this point it doesn’t matter enough to try and figure it out.

This week, we are launching our 21 Day Clean Eating and Exercise Challenge and I realized that I learned a few lessons in this race that I hope will help you over the next 3 weeks.

Click here to join us locally or virtually (this is your last chance).

First, I have trained very hard the past 4 months running some of the steepest steps anywhere. I estimate that I have done 40 stair workouts this summer, and I can only count a couple of times where I didn’t have 1-6 others who would come out and do the workout with me, push me, and encourage me.

Stair climbing burns up to 3X more calories then running. In other words, it is really hard. The 21 Day Challenge is going to be really hard too, but just like I have a team to help me, you will have a team to help support you and cheer you on when you don’t think you can continue.

Second, anyone who has competed in any sort of race or mud run knows that most everyone is super-supportive, positive and happy. This morning at the Chicago White Sox stadium was no different—it was filled with incredible stories and people.

It is the same with the 21 Day Challenge—each person involved has a different story that can help us learn more. Over the course of the challenge, we will be sharing with each other and helping each other overcome the obstacles that arise during the next 21 days.

Lastly, the feeling I got when I crossed the finish line was amazing. It wasn’t because of the place I got (I didn’t know for a couple hours how I finished). Rather, it was the feeling of pride and confidence I got from setting a goal and doing my personal best and achieving it.

I can’t wait to hear the stories that are going to come from you at the end of the 21 days. Not only will you have lost weight and inches, but you will have so much more energy and zest for life. After 21 days, you will have an inner confidence that you can overcome any obstacle that life throws at you.

You still have today to join the over 500 who have committed to doing it together. I hosted an opening kickoff Sunday night (Sept 7th) at the Transformation Center at 6 pm.

21 day

We did the pretest, going over the rules in greater detail, setting up accountability groups, hearing from a woman whose life was saved at the TC and doing a fun group workout together. We had people come from over 5 hours away just for this kickoff.

Success and confidence breeds more success and confidence. That is how momentum works. So I am putting it out here right now so I can’t back out. I will be running a spontaneous marathon this fall. I have only run more than a mile 3 times in my life. The thought of running 26.2 miles with absolutely no running training is scary and overwhelming, but you only grow when you get pushed out of your box. I will test my physical and mental capabilities in an activity I know very little about. Should be interesting.