The Sixty Steps

The Sixty Steps

The Sixty Steps were built by a Victorian era developer to give access to a lower street and pedestrian bridge across the River Kelvin here in Glasgow. A few years back, people in the neighborhood complained of the council not keeping the steps swept, etc., only to discover the steps are cooperatively owned by the owners of the flats in the tenements either side!

A very, very long term goal is to be able to start on the river path, run up the footpath/wide steps to street level and then up the Sixty Steps to the next road. This pic is looking up them the first time i found them. At the time, i couldn't climb them even at a trudge, without several pauses to, um, take in the view. While breathing very, very, deeply. Now i can dash up about 2/3, and complete the rest at a walk. And THEN pause to enjoy the view, with deep breathing exercises.

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  • Oh that's fantastic! Well done you! :-) They reminded of the steps at Whitby!

  • A great way of showing just how much your fitness levels have improved. And yes, I agree with pandarunner, they do remind me of the steps at Whitby which I've climbed many a time but never ran up them.........yet ;)

  • Hmm, I'm going to Whitby in July. Those steps sound like a challenge!

  • Haha. Go for it but remember, there's a 199 of them ;)

  • When I lived in Jordan I used to walk up something like 324 steps every morning. I got to the point when I could walk all the way up without stopping, but never tried running!!

  • Should be fine then. You'll have to let us know how you get on ;)

  • beautiful steps, what a great goal, and a fantastic achievement..... :)

  • Wow! An excellent reminder of just how far you've progressed.

  • Excellent progression, Nized! :-) It's great to have something like that to gauge yourself on how you're progressing, like a before/after thing. There might be something wrong with me; I looked at that photograph and my initial thought was "I WANT TO TRY RUNNING UP THOSE!" Anyone else? Just me then....? You will achieve your goal; keep at it and you'll be flying up those steps before you know it.

    They do strike me also as being quite Whitbyish!

  • Miles, no, you're not the only one. I'm not sure what that says about us though ;)

  • Those steps are beautiful!

    Everyone around me is starting to train on steps, sprinting up a section and jogging down; sprinting up a longer section and jogging down and repeat et al.

    I wish you good luck for your highly attainable goal Nilzed!

    Personally, (a) they look to me like the kind of steps that would appreciate being painted to look like piano keys and (b) if i was going to try the steps at Whitby i'd be getting myself a Lucky Duck first :-)

  • Good luck and I'm sure you will get there. This programme does kind of instill a 'can do' attitude.

  • Ohh, I've come over all nostalgic! I used to live in the West End of Glasgow, almost 20 years ago now, and used to jog along the Kelvin (except when the dreaded midges came). Even as a 20-something I never ran up those steps though!

  • Midges? Oh, goodie, something to look forward to.

  • If you take a look at Fast Exercise you'll see that they use steps for interval training.

    These steps are beautiful! How much life they must have seen!

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