Well I finally got my own personal blog set up. A little bit about myself. My name is Justin Stewart and I am a 24 year old athlete from Springfield IL. I have been involved in running ever since I was in the 5th grade and haven't stop since. Once I graduated from Eastern Illinois University, where I ran track and cross country for 4 years, I was searching for the next thing to challenge myself...and I found my answer in STAIR CLIMBING.
It was in January 2011 when I got a call from a good friend to put a team of our old high school cross country runners together to do a stair climbing event in my home town of Springfield, IL at the Hilton Hotel. I instantly said sure why not and did some research on this event and stumbled upon a whole new world I never knew existed. After researching, I was instantly hooked and started training seriously for the 32-floor Hilton American Lung Association Stair Climbing Event. I went to the Hilton a couple times to do some training runs and began timing myself on each run-up. I would check my times with past years result and thought to myself, we might have something here. Soon enough race day came and who would have guessed, I won, and in a new course record. This race was just the beginning and I believe it was the catalyst to a bright future in the world of competitive stair climbing, and now here I am a few months later competing with the best in the world. It truly has opened many doors for me in meeting a great network of friends and traveling to places I never thought I'd be able to visit.
I am looking forward to making more posts soon on my training, races, workouts, and other misc. topics.