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Running the stairs

by Mike
(Fullerton, Ca, USA)

I came up with a workout -- running stairs. Here's what I did: I tried running up and down stairs as fast as I could 7 days a week.

I went around to several 6 story buildings around my town climbing their stairs, moving from one building to next, about 10 buildings in all everyday. If I slacked even a little it took too much time and I had to stop in the middle of the run and go home, so I made sure I kept going.

I did get hurt at times. If I strained too much I would injure my feet or ankles. I did suffer some sprains in my sole. It would come and goes in one foot and then the other.

It was never both at the same time. I must have put my weight on one foot too much.

It wasn’t really a severe injury but pain was the same nevertheless. It cripples you to a point of not being able to run as usual.

You have to regulate yourself on your own. There are people to talk to for advice on how to run and take care of legs and your body in general but once you start to run, it’s only you. You are the only one to decide to go faster or put more power into your steps to go up stairs two steps at a time.

I developed awesome thighs. They were like giant springs supporting me when I walked and ran.

I did this workout for more than 4 years and I was well rewarded. I could do this because I was young, 21 year old when I stopped.

I learned not to give in to anxiety that makes me rush things, and also not to give in to slouching that leads to failure and quitting.

There is a fine line you have to walk. You want to get results and keep your body healthy. This is totally mental.

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Great Idea
by: Josie

This sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately I don't live in an area which has buildings with lots of floors; however, we are fortunate enough to have two stair cases right in my own home.

I think I will start trying to "do laps" up, around and down the stairs in my house. I'll have to start out slow though; maybe 15 laps to begin with, then try to add a couple laps each week.

My problem is finding time, so how much easier can it get than to do it right in my own home?

Each time I'm going up the stairs I'll try to imagine myself going up higher and higher in a skyscraper. It might take me a long time to get up to your level, but every little bit helps, right?

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