I began climbing the staircases primarily to gain strength in my legs. Building up my v02 max was just a plus. I didn’t realize how effective climbing the stairs would be until I started running again.
Before, when I used to run the slightest incline, my calves would immediately tense up and my lungs would hurt. It’d feel like a cramp, only in my lungs, and was awful I’d end up breathing so heavily that I’d have to slow down significantly in order to regain control of my legs and breathing.
Now, running what I consider to be fairly steep hills doesn’t phase me at all. At the end of a 10km jog (which takes me roughly an 1hr), I find myself not even needing any recovery time. It almost makes me feel invincible!
I went from climbing the stairs 5x (sets) = 3,620 steps, to 7X (sets)= 4,564 steps.
Instead of recovering once I reach the top, I’ve trained my body to recover as I go down the stairs, which saves a lot of time.
Tomorrow, the goal is to tackle 9X (sets) = 5,868 steps
These little accomplishments have given me a great deal of confidence, in both my ability as well as my body