Today I decided to do a two hour session on the Stairmaster which would be the longest I had ever done. Somewhere along the way I changed my goal to 1,000 flights of stairs and then I realized that I would be close to a marathon at that point. (The Stairmaster has a display that includes not only the number of floors climbed but also how many miles you have gone. I don't know how the comparison is made so all I can do is assume they know what they are doing over at Stairmaster's HQ)
With that in mind I decided to tough it out and go the full 26.2 miles. I have never run a marathon in my life so today is kind of a big deal for me. I went the distance and it equaled 1,257 floors or 12,570' of climbing. For comparison, the Empire State Building has 102 floors. It took me 3:48:51 and I burned almost 3,400 calories. I feel reasonably good considering what I just did - just my legs are tired. I started at 1:30 pm and hadn't had lunch yet so it was on an empty stomach and following a hard workout the previous day. Hopefully this means I'm ready for a long summit day on Everest.