It’s that time of the year again.
This means it’s time for me to climb the Silvery Legacy steps again. I know your thinking, meh it’s just a few steps (something like 31 flights I think) but that’s a lot of steps. Last year my husband and I trained and trained and trained. We arrived all pepped up and dancing around like, “shit we got this, these stairs ain’t shit.”
Those stairs kicked our ass. We spent all this time working on muscle strength and climbing the stair master. Then we got there and holy shit batman we shoulda been spending all of our time sprinting. The best part though of the entire thing….was that Whole Foods was sitting there serving whole loaves of Greenlies Best Cinnamon Bread.
WHOLE LOAVES PEOPLE.
I didn’t eat any but…Sure wanted to.
I’ll admit it was harder then we thought. The firemen actually go first. Dressed head to toe in full gear, tanks and all go ahead of us. I can’t believe how fast those guys go. But the best part of all. After they go, they all come down and take off their gear and stand there shirtless in nothing but their fireman pants.
Now there is a good reward.
You go in ten second intervals. That means every ten seconds they send someone in. There is a bunch of people standing there cheering you on which would have been fine except it got me all excited and made me start sprinting in there (because you have to sprint in front of the audience or you look like a dork right). That’s a problem though because starting out at a full sprint winds you after about 2 flights and then 12 minutes later you feel like a dork because if you had paced yourself a little you could have finished it in 8 minutes instead.
So yesterday the inevitable happened. I started training. I went to the gym. I did a quick (12 minute doesn’t entirely qualify as quick but in my head it does) 1 mile run on the treadmill and then walked over to the stairmaster. 6 minutes & 20 flights in I WANTED TO DIE. I know that I have to run to train this year since it ended up being a test of stamina and not strength but I still want to spend a little time on the Stairmaster.
I hate the Stairmaster. I go back tomorrow and I’ll aim for 8 minutes.
That means after I run and 7 minutes into my Stairmaster workout you need go ahead and call for a wheel chair. Or maybe one of those big bouncy balloon things that will catch me when I fall off. I might start climbing the stairs at my house on my off gym days too.
Did I mention I hate stairs? Because I am terrified of falling down them. Seriously I am almost thirty and I am AFRAID OF STAIRS. Going down stairs in the dark is the worst. I get anxiety thinking I’m going to slip and crack my back on the way down. The bad part though, is I’m afraid to go up them now. Every single time I go up the stairs now I freak out thinking, “omg I’m going to fall down, my head is going to crack the marble at the bottom, I’m home alone no one will know I’m dead down hear, shit I should bring my phone with me each time I climb stairs.”
Yes. I hate stairs.
Anyway it’s that time of year where I ask you to donate to my team. We have to raise $75.00 for the climb. I paid my $25.00 entrance fee and then I have to raise the rest by the climb or I have to pay it myself. (Kind of a demanding fundraiser huh, they put a required minimum donation amount). You only have to donate $5.00. You can donate here
Or contact me and I have a paypal account. Each person who donates will be entered to win a $20.00 gift card to the place OF THEIR CHOICE! Make sure you leave a comment on this blog to let me know you donated. Then I will select a winner with a random number generator and contact you to find out where you want your gift card to. That’s a great deal, you pay $5.00 but you get $20.00.
I leave you with a couple cute comics:
Here is what the website says, for more information:
. By making a contribution on my behalf, you will be helping the American Lung Association provide community based education programs, fight for cleaner air standards and fund life-saving research.
Asthma is the number one cause for school absenteeism and every day in this country at least 10 people die from an asthma attack, thus it is important that we provide disease management education to children when they are 8, 9 or 10 years old. Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death globally and is woefully under funded when it comes to research, thus is essential that we generate the awareness needed to increase resources for advanced research projects. The average age for American’s to start a smoking habit is 14, thus it is critical that we get into the elementary schools and teach children about the dangers of tobacco use early.
My goal is to raise $100 for our cause. Please go to my personal web page and make a $5, $10 or $20 gift. All gifts are fully tax deductible as The American Lung Association is a 501(c)3 organization and is in fact one of the most recognized nationally for proper management of the resources entrusted them since they began in 1904. You will receive a notice in the mail from me thanking you for your gift which you can then use for your tax filing next year. You may also make checks payable to The American Lung Association (my climb team) and mail them to our local office.
Please take a deep breath….and be thankful that you can. Millions of others suffer from lung disease daily and your support makes the every day act of breathing that much easier for many people.
Together we can fight lung disease successfully.