The weekends oftentimes afford a nice change of pace from the Monday through Friday necessity of having to shoe-horn workouts into already jam-packed schedules.  I decided — and my weekend schedule allowed for — the running of stadium steps on both days.  I brought the camera along and took the opportunity to do a little photo-chronicling of my workouts.

I utilized the upper deck of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, on the East Carolina University Campus for my exploits, alternating my method on each day.  Another reason (of the many, many) why I enjoy living in a college town is the natural and varied playgrounds the campus provides. 

On Saturday, I began by biking (on the fixie, of course) from my house to the stadium, probably about 4 miles or so.

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After arriving at the stadium and trading my cycling cleats for my Nike Frees, I began sprinting up each successive, concourse ramp until I reached the bottom of the stadium’s upper deck.  Here’s where the fun begins!

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Where the ramps end and the fun begins

 

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It’s a long way to the top if ya wanna rock ‘n’ roll

 

From here, on Saturday, I did 10 all-out sprints to the top, in one of two alternating ways; (1) a normal sprint, clearing 2 steps at a time and (2) feet-together hops, fast as possible and, again, clearing 2 steps at a time.

On Sunday, I did 10 all-out sprints, this time hitting each step.  Notice the cadence difference between the two days.  Saturday was a BOOM-BOOM-BOOM sequence.  Sunday was more RATTA-TAT-TAT-TAT, if that makes sense.  Two different methods on two different days; the speed-strength of Saturday’s sprint workout vs. the RFI-type work of Sunday.

A couple of shots of the view, taken between sprints:

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Clockwise, from just to the right of the press box: the Clark-LeClair baseball facility, football practice fields, and, at about the 4 O’clock position (with the bow of the pirate ship jutting out of it), the Murphy strength and conditioning center.

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The northwest view.

 

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 Not many people can say they’ve leaned their ride against the front doors of the Dowdy-Ficklen skybox.  Hey, how did he get it there, anyway?

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That’s how.  A whole lotta climbing, and a great leg workout!

 

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PeeDee Pirate — the bronze version at least — gives the workout a thumbs-up.

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Headin’ home, now.  Me, in the reflection of the Murphy center.

 

Have a great and fruitful upcoming week!

 

In Health,

Keith

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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.

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