My Fight for Air Climb Experience

by Anna D

Climbing 52 flight of stairs is no joke! I have experienced this for the very first time on Saturday, March 27th, after doing the Fight for Air Climb fundraising event in San Francisco. The event is dedicated to people who have lung disease like cancer, emphysema, etc. and to spread the word about the dangers of cigarette smoking and second-hand smoke. The event is sponsored by the American Lung Association. This is the one event that I really feel strongly about because I feel that there is no need to smoke. Having grown up in a family where most of my family members smoked, I made a commitment to be an example to the younger generations in our family by not smoking.

Ok, so now that I got that out of the way, I want to tell you about my Fight for Air experience. I wasn’t really sure how difficult climbing 1,197 stairs will be but I figured that if I worked out my legs and did some high intensity interval training to train for the event that I would be fine. While I can only prepare myself so much, I wasn’t really prepared for the real challenge. Climbing 52 flights of stairs is tough! Gravity pulls you harder and harder as you ascend higher. Then, my legs got really tired towards the 39th floor. I was out of breath! But, being with my team and having them beside me makes it all worth it. I also remembered why I was doing it in the first place and that just strengthens my will to keep going.

Fit Females of NorCal Team - Congrats!

Fit Females of NorCal Team - Congrats!

At the top of the 52nd stairs, I heard bells and claps from volunteers and other guests which made me feel really good about the climb. On top of that, the building which is at 555 California St. had amazing views of the San Franscisco Bay. From there, I can see the Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the whole expanse of the bay. Breathtaking!

Golden Gate Bridge - Part of the Great View

Golden Gate Bridge - Part of the Great View

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the whole thing but now that I’ve done it, I want to make it a yearly tradition and build bigger teams. I wanted to wait until they posted my time but I couldn’t wait to tell you about my experience. I’m not writing this post to impose my agenda on other people but I hope that I have inspired some of you to move our lives in a positive direction. Lastly, I want to thank and congratulate my team who took their time to participate in the event. We raised a total of $700. Great job to you guys!

Hopefully, you can join us next year 🙂

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