On Tuesday May 14th at 8pm I will line up on the start line for the 42nd Empire State Building Run Up. This race challenges runners from around the globe to race up 86 flights, 1576 stairs to the finish line on the observation deck. I will be there proudly representing New Zealand and racing to raise awareness and funds for the wonderful work the New Zealand Spinal Trust does for people with spinal injuries. Kia Toa, Kia Kaha, Kia Manawanui.
With 2 weeks to the Run up the Empire State Building, a far amount of training has taken place in stair wells, I have been very motivated to do this for the NZ Spinal Trust, but I have to say my first love is training on Wellingtons hills!
With just a few weeks left until the Run up the Empire State Building I was lucky to have a couple of stair running buddies keep me company – thanks Bonnie and Jerry you are tough kids!
Wellington’s tallest building looks very Majestic from the outside, but inside the stairs of pain await me, 621 of them, 3 more weeks of training up them before I head off to New York to run up 1576 stairs of the Empire State Building!
My introduction to the Burwood Spinal Unit was in 2006 while visiting my good friend Paul Crake who sustain a spinal injury during a cycling race. Paul was also known as the Empire Kid, he won the race up the Empire State Building 5 times and in 2003 set the race record of 9minutes 33 … Continue reading My introduction to the Burwood Spinal Unit
2kg ankle weights waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs, training at this stage involves developing Strength-Endurance and so adding ankle weights and climbing 28 floors 6 times is a good way to achieve this! After all will have to endure 86 floors of the Empire State Building….
Phew, finishing my last repetition in training! 6 times 28 floors of Wellington’s tallest building!
I read an article by someone who had lost the use of his legs due to a spinal injury. He said ‘ If you have two good legs use them well, don’t waster them’ Those words had an impact on me, so in training up Wellington’s tallest building ( 28 stories) my session was 6 … Continue reading Training to race up 86 floors
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Hi everyone, a big thank you to all the donations we have received this week – $550.00 Here is the singlet I will be proudly wearing during the race up the Empire State Building and during my training runs to keep creating awareness for all the wonderful work the Spinal Trust does!