Sunday, August 2, 2015

Liberty Memorial Stair Workout

If I'm not completely dead the day after a long run, which is Sunday for me, I like to mix in a workout that's a little different than normal.  And usually, I try to make it some sort of plyometric activity.  I'll throw in some box jumps and burpees here or there, but today, I had a rare opportunity to do a stair workout at the Liberty Memorial National WWI Museum.

In something that I rarely do, I drove 20 minutes to workout on the downtown streets of Kansas City.  I love the city, and I'd planned for a while to do my recovery work there on a Sunday morning.  So I started the day with a light 8 mile recovery run through the streets of the KC metro.  And then I ran 20 repeats of 50 stairs up and down the East side of the Memorial.  Stairs are such a good workout for the hips, glutes, and quads, and frankly I don't get to do them as often as I'd like.  I've got a few small sets of stairs here and there in Lee's Summit, but nothing like the ones at the Liberty Memorial.

Plus, you can't beat the view I had this morning during my workout. The Liberty Memorial is a local landmark featuring a beautiful view of downtown Kansas City.  It's also the only World War I National Museum in the United States.  It's an absolute Kansas City treasure.

All in all it was a good weekend of working out.  And hopefully I can incorporate more stairs into upcoming marathon training.
... Be Great Today!

10 comments:

  1. Great idea to incorporate stairs. I will have to find some near me.

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  2. Stairs are a great workout,but I actually got hurt doing them at the end of a run once. I probably was missing the necessary strength build up for them, though. Sounds like a good museum to see too!

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    1. Yeah, I always try to be very conscious of form when I do them Raina

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  3. Great photo! Looks like a tough run.

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  4. Stairs are a great workout. Great for quads and glutes, as you pointed out, but surprisingly my calves are usually shot the next day too!

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    1. Yeah, mine too John, probably more than my glutes

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  5. I used to run stairs when I was a discus thrower. I got it into my head that it was good for my glutes and you throw from your legs so it would have to help surely. Many a fun afternoon was spent running up the stairs of my high school. I'm sure the teachers thought I was crazy.

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    1. Whoa ... whoa ... whoa ...... DISCUS??? Cool!!!

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