Jan 172013
The Running Brothers, Invisible Shoes and Shark Tank

The Running Brothers, Invisible Shoes and Shark Tank

For those of you that are raving fans of The Running Brothers you may remember a movie we did a while back titled, The Running Brothers and Their Invisible Shoes. If you remember our video we applaud you for being such an amazing individual.

We made the movie because Invisible Shoes (Xero Shoes) recognized our Running Brothers blog as one of the preeminent blogs in the running world and so they sent us a free sample of the Invisible Shoes to try out for ourselves.

Steven Sashen, the owner of Invisible Shoes, informed us via email that he would be on Shark Tank on February 1, 2013 . . . Now, the company is called Xero Shoes and is excited about the opportunity presented to them.

Did The Running Brothers Movie make the cut??? There’s only one way to find out . . . Watch the Shark Tank on February 1!

Oct 112012

Rocky and I have decided to enter the L.A. Marathon on March 17, 2013.  But, in order to do so we wanted to start eating healthier too.  Because we both know healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand. 


High Five Explosion

We both have decided to get on a diet that will help improve our livers and immune system as I have been getting sick more than the average person would and want to make sure I’m being as healthy as possible.  Everything that goes through your body is processed by the liver and the way you eat has a major impact on how you feel.

At least 8 oz. or more of clean filtered (not tap) water is needed every day.  Whole foods, organic food, natural foods, fruits and vegetables are excellent choices.  The brightest colored foods are rich in nutrients, so eat lots of dark greens, oranges, yellows and reds.  These can be apples, artichokes, asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, garlic, lemons, onions, parsley, squash and soy products.

Small amounts of protein, like low-fat turkey, chicken and fish are essential for the liver.  Whey protein powder is an excellent source of amino acids.

Eat fresh, unprocessed, food as much as possible. Use good oils in smaill amounts like olive oils, fish, nuts, and avocados. Drink herbal and green teas which are full of antioxidants.  Eat small amounts of carbohydrates like potatos, rice and beans.  And do try to eat foods high in fiber. 

Some herbs, like milke thistle, can also be used to improve liver function.  Artichoke, Dandelion root, Oregon Grape Root and Turmeric are all considered good for the liver.  Fresh and supplemental garlic, onion and other sulfur foods are also good for the liver.  Never take herbs when using prescription drugs or while pregnant without talking to your doctor first.  Also, stop taking herbs two weeks before any surgery. 

What to avoid:

  • Fast Food
  • Alcohol
  • Salt
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Monosodium Glutamate
  • High Fat Foods
  • Fried Foods
  • Milk
  • Cheeses
  • Sauces
  • Margarine
  • Hydrogenated Oils
  • Spicy Foods
  • Hot Foods

Establishing a proper diet is important for any training routine.  I think we’ll start with eating natural, organic and whole foods.  Now to figure out how to cook foods using those ingredients.


Jan 012012

Last year, I planned on training for the Ironman and did a pretty good job with my training regimen.  I managed to train week up until my birthday in the middle of March.  As with all New Year’s Resolutions, some stick while others do not.  This year, I plan on staying physically fit throughout the year.  I have another big goal with my social media business, Welborn Social Media, which will hinder me from my full-on training for the Ironman.

My ultimate goal is to complete the Ironman, but I don’t think 2012 will be the year for that.  Perhaps next year it will be.  This year, I’d like to try and do one activity designed to promote my physical health every day.  One of the biggest deterrents from running was the feeling that I was doing some major damage to my knees.  Even today, months after my brother and I did our first marathon I can still feel the impact it left on my knees.

My first mission of the year is to develop an understanding of what a proper running technique is and to develop a proper playlist on my iPod so I can have some nice things to listen to while I’m training.

Would anyone like to share your New Year’s resolutions?

Have a great 2012!

Dec 122011

Well, it looks like my running will be on hiatus for a while.  I had every intention of properly preparing for the L.A. Marathon, but it’s not going to happen because I’ve got too much on my plate.  I’m hoping to expand my business, Welborn Social Media and in order to do so, I am going to need to put all my attention and focus towards that endeavor.  This has been a great year for The Running Brothers, but I think I’m going to hang up my running shoes for the year and focus on work.

Another big event is happening in my life in the upcoming weeks as well as I will be getting my own apartment . . . my first time ever living on my own.  It’s really exciting, but also a little intimidating and overwhelming, but I’m sure I’ll get through it.  If you don’t hear from us for a while it’s because business and life is keeping me busy, but my brother and I hope to be back at it in the near future.

To our heroes . . . Thank you for following us this past year.  It has been an amazing ride and I know we will have a lot more adventures to share with you in the future. 

Thanks again for all your support.

Dec 052011

My training regimen called for 3 miles on Tuesday, 5 miles on Wednesday, 3 miles on Thursday and 6 miles on Saturday and I ran 3 miles on Monday and that was all the running I did for the week.

I’m not going to bore you with all the excuses I could come up with, but my two businesses are keeping me very busy and I’m finding it difficult to find time to fit my running in.  I know I need to make running somehting that I can’t slide on, but I do have many other priorities and things I’m trying to accomplish and running gets put on the side-burner . . . Hopefully my Running Brother can help keep me motivated.

Nov 282011

When we started training for the 2012 L.A. Marathon, I planned on doing everything Hal Higdon’s 18-Week Marathon Training Program exactly as it was prescribed.  In week #2, I failed miserably.

This week I did no running of any kind . . . except in my weekly Sunday soccer game.  It’s dissappointing to say the least, but I do have my fair share of excuses.  My businesses have kept me extremely busy the past couple of weeks and it was Thanksgiving and we had a lot of different family activities to perform. 

I’m not proud of myself, but I can feel ok with myself not having trained last week.  This week I have a lot of work today, but hopefully I can get way ahead.  Today, I’m going to work my butt of so I can be sure to resume my training for week #3.

This weeks schedule as prescribed by Hal Higdon:

  • Tuesday – 3 miles
  • Wednesday – 5 miles
  • Thursday – 3 miles
  • Saturday – 6 miles


Nov 242011

The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 in front of a sellout crowd at the Home Depot Center in Carson City, CA on Sunday, November 20, 2011.  Landon Donovan scored the winning goal on an assist from Robbie Keane and David Beckham. 

When David Beckham was signed by the Galaxy five years ago, I could not have been happier.  I have played soccer for over 25 years and even coached High School Soccer for seven years.  Needless to say, I love the game of soccer, but soccer has always been a secondary sport in the United States and I hoped Beckham would change that. 

The Running Brothers at the 2011 MLS Cup

My brother bought us season tickets with the Los Angeles Galaxy the first year Beckham signed with the team and we have been watching Galaxy games ever since. 

The atmosphere on Sunday was amazing and watching our home team take home the MLS Cup was an amazing experience . . . something I will always remember. 

And the greatest part was being there with my brother. 

Thank you Rocky for your amazing birthday gift five years ago.  I can’t tell you how great a gift it was.  And thank you for having the forsight to purchase the tickets in advance for the MLS Cup.  You’re an amazing brother, an outstanding person and a true friend.

Nov 232011

My plan was to follow Hal Higdon’s Marathon Training program exactly as it was perscribed on his website. 

On Tuesday, Day #1 of my training, I laced up my running shoes and prepared for a late night jog.  I downloaded the iMapMyRun+ application to my Smart Phone and ran my scheduled 2 miles . . . or so I thought.  When I woke up the next morning, I read my last blog post, The Running Brothers Are Back!!! only to realize I was supposed to run 3 miles.  As Rick Perry would say . . . Oops!

So, on the first day of training I already had veared away from my training program and on Wednesday I continued to procrastinate on my 5 mile run until I convinced myself it was ok not to do it at all. 

On Thursday, my brother met up with me and we ran the 5 miles I was supposed to run on Wednesday and skipped the 3 miles I was supposed to do on Thursday entirely. 

Saturday was a busy day, so Rocky and I decided to do our long run on Sunday after our soccer game.  We were tired but still managed to work up enough energy to go on our run.  Half way through the run the rain came and did not stop the rest of the way.  It was a downpour, but we continued on and completed our 8 mile run on Sunday.

Although I had the best of intentions, I failed to follow through the program completely.  But, I suppose it’s definitely better than nothing.  I plan on making up the three miles I missed last week.  So, with that in mind, here is my training schedule for Week #2.

  • Tuesday = 4 miles
  • Wednesday = 6 miles
  • Thursday = 4 miles
  • Saturday = 9 miles

*I added one mile to each day of the week to compensate for the 3 miles I missed last week.  Hopefully I’ll do a better job sticking to the training schedule this week then I did in Week #1


Nov 222011

Our friends over at the Invisible Shoes (huaraches) are having their annual Anniversary Sale. 

Visit their website and purchase their shoes.  They make an excellent gift for the Holidays and have a wide variety of uses.  See all the uses we came up with for the Invisible Shoes (Huaraches).

“Okay, it’s official, the Invisible Shoes 2nd Anniversary sale is ON!

From now until midnight, November 28th, you can get 25% off everything at http://www.InvisibleShoe.com/store including, Custom-Made Invisible Shoes, FeelTrue™ kits, extra laces, decorative add-ons, and even the limited edition Colored Vibram Cherry kits.

That INCLUDES 25% off of the already discounted prices on our exclusive FeelTrue™outsoles.”

Nov 142011

We took a long break from The Running Brothers because my new company, Welborn Social Media was keeping me extremely busy and my brother, Rocky has been busy as well.

A couple of weeks ago, we decided that this time we were going to train properly for a marathon. We asked our Twitter followers for the best free marathon training program and an overwhelming majority of people recommended Hal Higdon’s website – www.HalHigdon.com.

The program we chose was the Novice 2 program, an 18-week training program for the marathon.  I plan on following the program as closely as I can to the actual program.  My brother is also going to try and do the same. 

Our schedule this week is to run:

  • 3 miles on Tuesday
  • 5 miles on Wednesday
  • 3 miles on Thursday
  • 8 miles on Saturday

The Los Angeles Marathon is on March 18 this year, the day I turn 31.  This time around we are going to be much more diligent in our training and can’t wait to see what kind of results we can achieve.