Once a year we have "fire drills" which means we stage an actual fire alarm and everyone evacuates the building by using the stairs. It's not as chaotic as it may initially seem because there are people on each floor who are my coworkers who have the job of being Fire Wardens. They direct, helping us stay organized and in control.
We are told things like:
- Where are your flat shoes?
- Do you have a buddy?
- Do NOT take the elevator!
- and You have to evacuate the building, False alarm or not!
All in all, this usually amounts to the whole building (both towers- North tower 45 floors, South tower 31 floors.) being evacuated and what this means for me if I get to climb down 25 flights of stairs usually in high heels because I've forgotten my flat shoes (I still will argue that I am not a hazard and that I can do anything in 4 inch heels.).
The first time I did this I actually felt great- the muscles in my legs were excited. I am active in my life, walking, hiking, making out, skiing, dancing and yoga are all ways that I enjoy my body. I do not go to the gym though- it's not in my nature. I'm
a was "skinny fat girl" ( someone who has a great body but doesn't need to do anything to keep it). Not until recently have I learnt to respect my body and treat it right with proper nutrition (OK- so I still have cake for breakfast but no biggie- right??!). I started thinking that maybe I should be doing the stairs just for fun, and not just walking down them but coming up!
I took the time to research things with the building security to make sure it was allowed and I found another woman who was interested and we now climb the stairs at least once a week. I feel fantastic doing it! I've gained strength in my legs and I have an energy for the rest of the day that just can't be compared to anything else (except maybe love!)It takes about 20 minutes to do 31 flights of stairs... at 20 stairs a flight that's 620. It gets hot and sticky in there but it's no big deal. I like it! So that's what I am getting ready to do in the next 15 minutes. Ready to climb my Stairway to Heaven- sans Jimmy Page.