Crazy event for charity

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    Oct 24, 2014 3:04 AM GMT

    So my friend talked me into a crazy event... her organization is called Her Justice and they provide free legal services to women who are victims of domestic violence in NYC.

    The event, called Story By Story, is a 43-floor stair climb. It was my first time doing it and I had no idea what to expect. I was on the older side of the participants. You had the option of doing 23 floors or the full building, and some crazy people wore weight belts, or (in at least one case) oxygen tanks.

    I did okay... I started out aggressively, taking steps two at a time as I do at home, but quickly realized this was a bad idea. I paced myself better and took a minute every 10 floors to let my heart rate go down. After the 30th, I did so every 5 floors, because I got a little bit of a cramp.

    In retrospect I really didn't do enough to train (did a six mile walk in sand last week, and that was about it) but I also didn't think I did badly, and I felt fine very shortly after finishing. If I did it again I think I'd do more practice in my office building (which is only 5 floors, but better than nothing).
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    Oct 24, 2014 3:10 AM GMT
    ShiftyJK08 said
    So my friend talked me into a crazy event... her organization is called Her Justice and they provide free legal services to women who are victims of domestic violence in NYC.

    The event, called Story By Story, is a 43-floor stair climb. It was my first time doing it and I had no idea what to expect. I was on the older side of the participants. You had the option of doing 23 floors or the full building, and some crazy people wore weight belts, or (in at least one case) oxygen tanks.

    I did okay... I started out aggressively, taking steps two at a time as I do at home, but quickly realized this was a bad idea. I paced myself better and took a minute every 10 floors to let my heart rate go down. After the 30th, I did so every 5 floors, because I got a little bit of a cramp.

    In retrospect I really didn't do enough to train (did a six mile walk in sand last week, and that was about it) but I also didn't think I did badly, and I felt fine very shortly after finishing. If I did it again I think I'd do more practice in my office building (which is only 5 floors, but better than nothing).


    Sounds like a great cause; it's cool that you participated. Was this some sort of pledge-type fundraiser?

    I chuckled a bit at the thought of training for a stair climb at first, but then I remembered that a couple jobs ago I had to keep stopping to wait for my bosses on the way to a fourth-floor meeting from basement level. I hadn't realized until then how much I had been gaining from carrying a heavy backpack up 2-4 flights and up a hill every day!
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    Oct 24, 2014 4:26 AM GMT
    Im SO glad i live in a city where 14 floors in the tallest structure…. lol.
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    Oct 24, 2014 12:34 PM GMT
    yetanotherphil said

    Sounds like a great cause; it's cool that you participated. Was this some sort of pledge-type fundraiser?


    Yes. She raised most of the money for our "team" but I collected a few hundred and served as the pack mule to get "us" to the top. She is not physically able to do the climb, but was working as a volunteer.