Sunday, January 29, 2012
Day 29: Stepped Up For Kids
I live on the 6th floor of my building. I think I have taken the stairs up to my place less than 10 times in the 3 years I have lived here. The only reason for this is sheer laziness. I actually think the highest I have taken any stairs was to the 10th floor. Today, my random act of kindness changed that. I climbed to the 80th floor of one of Chicago's tallest buildings. Along with my friend Brian, I participated in the 12th Annual Aon Step Up For Kids, which benefits the Chicago Children's Memorial Hospital. Brian and I were able to raise nearly $1000 for the hospital and through the fundraising efforts of all of the Steppers, over $500,000 will be donated.
Brian bet his girlfriend that he could finish in less than 30 minutes. I was just hoping that I could do it in under an hour and a half. We started off like gangbusters and reached the 40th floor in just 13 minutes. It seemed like we were a lock to finish in under 30 minutes. Then we hit a wall. Our legs turned to Jell-o, and we ended up having to stop every 5 or so floors to regain our composure. But as we finally reached floor 70, we gained a second wind (or was it a 14th?) and hustled up the final 10 floors to finish in just over 31 minutes. Although, Brian just missed the under 30 minute bet, I think his girlfriend will see the effort he put in and pretend he won anyway. And even though I'm not sure what I'm going to do with my legs since they are like linguini, I am happy that I did the Step Up for Kids.