86 flights. 1,576 stairs. Please help me not die.
December 19, 2012 5:40 PM Subscribe
I got into the Empire State Building Run Up! Um...now what?
posted by Fuego to health & fitness (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I just got an email saying I was selected in the random lottery for the Empire State Building Run Up in February! Yay! I entered on a bit of a whim a few weeks ago, thinking that my chances of getting in were pretty small but it would make for a fun story if I did it. Well, I'm in, and the race is 7 weeks from tonight. I've found some YouTube videos of the race and well, now I'm terrified (but still excited!).
How do I train for this? Elite runners say it's difficult and exhausting, and I'm not even a runner. I've been doing Crossfit for about a year, and just retired from 6 years of roller derby, so I'm in pretty good shape, if I say so myself. Ideally, I'd live in a building where I can run stairs on a regular basis, but I live in a converted brownstone in Brooklyn and don't have access to a huge set of stairs. From what I've read, Stairmasters and ellipticals are a waste of time in training for this sort of thing. I run sometimes as part of Crossfit training, and I plan to go to more of the running-focused classes at Crossfit. What else can I do? Got any ideas for buildings in NYC where I can run the stairs and not get thrown out? Also, what are the best shoes for this?