One of my next races is the Empire State Building Run-Up. I am so excited to have the chance to run this race, but I am a bit stumped as how to prepare for it. I can’t exactly walk into the Empire State Building and ask them if I can run up their stairs. I figure that having a good running base is a pretty good start, and since I’m running this for fun, time really doesn’t matter… as long as I’m not stuck in the staircase for hours.
This morning I decided that running a few stairs couldn’t hurt, either. I have exactly two weeks until the race so if I run a few more sets next Wednesday, I should be good to go. Well, as good as you can be when running up 1,576 steps.
Prospect Park has some great stairs right in the middle of the park. They are a bit off the beaten path, so I gave up on stair running in the winter months since I’ve watched one too many episodes of “Criminal Minds.” Now that it’s starting to get light out a little earlier, the scare factor was a little less. Anyways, I did 10 sets, and each set has 83 steps in it. So a total of 830 steps going up (plus 830 going down, but somewhat irrelevant). The last two sets were a little tough, but it felt good to push through.
Of course, when I run the ESBRU, I won’t be running the down part, nor will I be running a few miles to get to the stairs. I’m interested to see how it goes — but more excited to see the views of the city once I’m on the 86th floor.
I finished my workout with some free weights, focusing on the arms, and push ups. I think I took a few weeks off because of the Houston Marathon, and MAN, I can tell. I did try a new arm workout, because SHAPE Magazine says it’ll make my arms look good in my wedding dress.
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I feel like my 20 push ups worked my arms a bit more. Whatevs.
How would you train for the Empire State Building Run-Up? Do you have any great arm workouts?