Jun 032011

As you may remember from one of our earlier posts, http://runningbrothers.com/1057/mystery-challenge-2/, I established a Mystery Challenge for my brother, Rocky.  Unfortunately, a huge golf tournament, the Richard McKinnon 5th Annual Golf Tournament took place on the day that I had originally planned for our Mystery Challenge #2.

The new date is set for June 26 and barring any setbacks, the Mystery Challenge for my brother, Rocky will commence.  Rocky, be prepared because in 25 days my Mystery Challenge will have you testing the limits of what you thought was possible. 

Anyone who is interested in participating in the Mystery Challenge is more than welcome to join us.  If you are interested in finding out more information about the Mystery Challenge leave a comment on our page and I will inform you about what it will entail. 

Thanks for following us, we love you all.


May 282011

Weekly Amount:

Running = 21 miles
Biking = 72 miles
Swimming = 5000 M or 3 miles
Total Amount: 96 miles

Overall Amount:

Running = 320 miles (95 miles to San Francisco)
Biking = 1,052 miles (1,718 miles to New York)
Swimming = 81,200 meters or 46.7 miles (61 miles to San Diego)
Total = 1,329 miles (1,441 miles to New York)


May 192011

Weekly Amount:

Running = 20 miles
Biking = 70 miles
Swimming = 4000 M or 2.5 miles
Total Amount: 92.5 miles

Overall Amount:

Running = 298.5 miles (116.5 miles to San Francisco)
Biking = 980 miles (1,790 miles to New York)
Swimming = 77,200 meters or 49.2 miles (61 miles to San Diego)
Total = 1,329 miles (1,441 miles to New York)


May 052011

Weekly Amount:

Running = 18.5 miles
Biking = 64 miles
Swimming = 4000 M or 2.5 miles
Total Amount: 85 miles

Overall Amount:

Running = 240 miles (2 miles to Las Vegas)
Biking = 776 miles (197 miles to Seattle)
Swimming = 65,200 meters or 41.7 miles (68.5 miles to San Diego)
Total = 1,059 miles (1,711 miles to New York)


Apr 282011

Rocky issued me the first mystery challenge several months ago.  I had no idea what to expect and when my brother showed up on Super Bowl Sunday at some ungodly hour in the morning he displayed our new Running Brothers t-shirt and told me that I would be running a half-marathon in a couple of hours. 

With no preparation and never having ran a distance amounting to that much in my life, I thought I did pretty good under the circumstances.  I completed my first half-marathon running the entire way and it was a really cool experience.  My brother’s mystery challenge was a huge success and today, I am throwing down my mystery challenge for my brother. 

The mystery challenge is set to take place on Sunday May 22, 2011.  The date is negotiable, so Rocky, if you need to change the date, just let me know.  Another great thing about this mystery challenge is that anyone who lives in Southern California is invited to participate.  If you are interested in participating in Mystery Challenge #2 . . . a mystery for Rocky, call me or send us an email at runningbros@gmail.com and we can tell you what the mystery challenge is so that you can decide to participate in it with us. 

The great thing about it is that if you don’t want to run, or bike, or swim, you don’t have to and you can still have a great time with The Running Brothers and friends.

Apr 162011

Weekly Amount:

Running = 17.5 miles
Biking = 60 miles
Swimming = 4000 M or 2.5 miles
Total Amount: 80 miles

Overall Amount:

Running = 203.5 miles (38.5 miles to Las Vegas)
Biking = 652 miles (321 miles to Seattle)
Swimming = 57,200 meters or 36.7 miles (.1 miles to Los Angeles)
Total = 892 miles (81 miles to Seattle)

Apr 062011

In Part 1 of our interview with Peter Engwall, we learned about the man who lost nearly 150 pounds when he decided to change his life for the better.  In Part 2, we are going to learn about Peter Engwall, the man he is today.  Peter has “an amazing wife, and the best son in the entire world!”  And loves coaching his sons baseball and football teams.  He’s a Project Manager for a wireless telecommunications company in Seattle, Washington.  His schedule is extremely busy, but Peter always makes time for his Ironman training.  Peter remains extemely active and we asked him a variety of questions relating to his fitness goals and about his website, http://auggiesdad.sweat365.com/.

As you may recall, Peter began exercising in order to lose weight and quickly discovered that entering himself in endurance events would help him stay focused on the end result of losing weight.  One summer, he decided to sign up for his first Sprint Triathalon.  Four years later he is planning on completing his first Full Ironman in November.  Peter has also set a variety of other goals.  He wants to complete an Olympic Distance race in under three hours and plans on completing his first Full Ironman in the alotted 17 hours.  Lastly, he wants to remain injury free.

Peter’s life has been filled with memorable experiences.  He married his best friend.  He witnessed the birth of his son.  He was on the Oprah Show.  He completed a sprint triathalon.  He completed a half marathon.  And he completed a half Ironman.  As a beginning runner, I know what Peter means when he says that those are memorable moments.  It’s about being able to complete something that once was impossible and being able to accomplish something like that makes anything seem possible.

Training allows you to “get away from it all,” Peter says.  When in training, all your thoughts and worries get focused on your training and it allows you to clear your head.  And for Peter, it has been a surprisingly social activity.  He has met numerous people that he has trained and worked with, including our first hero, Mitch Roberts.  Peter began training with Mitch because he recognized the fact that it was important to find people to train with that are smarter and people to train with that are faster.  I’m not sure which category Mitch falls into, but my guess is that it’s not the smarter one (Just Kidding). 

http://auggiesdad.sweat365.com/ is a place that Peter goes to log his workouts and serves as a reminder to when his next races are scheduled.  He has been able to track his distances through the website and he says it’s great to see his results grow.  His post on http://sweat365.com/blog/2008/05/14/lifestyle-changes-yield-big-results/, is how I learned about Peter losing nearly 150 pounds as a result of his lifestyle change.

Through Peter’s website, he has been able to make many new friends from many different areas.  His favorite websites are http://runningbrothers.com/ (obviously) and http://www.slowtwitch.com/.  He encourages all of you to be yourself and have fun. 

Lastly, Peter believes that every person should make someone else’s life just that much happier.  He recommends that you change the life of someone else for the better.  And I can honestly say that your story, your participation and becoming one of our heroes has changed our lives for the better.

If you would like to learn more about Peter Engwall, please visit his website, http://auggiesdad.sweat365.com/.

Apr 022011
  1. How to Cure Runner’s Knee – An article by Steve Jaros about how to cure runner’s knee.  Steve Jaros has over 50 years of running experience and has completed 14 marathons.  Steve also happens to be our Uncle.  http://runningbrothers.com/789/how-to-cure-runners-knee-by-steve-jaros/
  2. The Running Brothers Movie – We’re making a movie!  Here about our exploits as we are writing, filming and creating our first movie.  http://runningbrothers.com/category/the-running-brothers-movie/
  3. The Post Race Blues – The Post Race Blues hit The Running Brothers hard after their first half marathon.  http://runningbrothers.com/859/the-post-race-blues/
  4. Los Alamitos’ Race on the Base – A series of articles dedicated to our experience at the 2011 Race on the Base.  http://runningbrothers.com/category/events/los-alamitos-race-on-the-base/
  5. Ironman Training – Follow Zeb as he trains for his first marathon.  Take some time to encourage him along the way.  http://runningbrothers.com/category/zeb/ironman-training/
  6. The Integrious Project – Our cousin Beau has his own website devoted to making Integrious a word in the dictionary.  Not only that, but he wants to have people think and act integriously.  Read our article about The Integrious Project. http://runningbrothers.com/875/the-integrious-project/
  7. March 18, My 30th Birthday.  On March 18, 2011, Zeb turned 30.  Find out how his birthday went in the following article.  http://runningbrothers.com/863/march-18-my-30th-birthday/
  8. My 30 Day Plan Until I’m 30.  I had a plan to get into the best shape of my life by the time I was 30.  It didn’t work out completely, but I did get in pretty good shape . . .  http://runningbrothers.com/category/zeb/30-day-plan-until-im-30/
  9. Partying or Training – My brother and I planned on getting some training in on our trip to Vegas for Michael Nunez’s bachelor party . . . How well do you think that worked out?  http://runningbrothers.com/845/partying-or-training/
Jan 072011

ZebI know, I know.  It’s January 7, how can I possibly be writing about my New Year’s Resolution.  I’m a chronic procrastinator. 

Hence, you might assume that my New Year’s Resolution would be to stop procrastinating.  You are wrong.  It’s a bunch of other things and here they are in no particular order.

  • Increase my running distance every week, until I am able to run 26 miles without stopping.
  • Increase my biking distance every week, until I am able to bike 112 miles without stopping.
  • Increase my swimming distance every week, until I am able to swim 2.4 miles without stopping. 
  • To not drink any alcohol in 2011.

These goals are all measurable.  Every Wednesday I plan on updating my process and every Wednesday for the entire year, I plan to improve my weekly distance for running, biking and swimming for 52 weeks out of the year.  Check on my progress and hold me accountable.  Most people don’t keep their New Year’s Resolution’s, do you think I am most people?  Let’s see how long I can last. 

I already posted my distances for the first week of the year, this past Wednesday, so if I am to keep my promise, I will need to swim more than 2.5 miles this week and run more than 9.8 miles.

Dec 112010

ZebYesterday, I figured out what pace I would have to swim at in order to complete the 2.4 miles necessary to complete the Ironman.  Today, I want to find out the pace I would need to be at to complete the biking portion of the race.

According to ironman.com, The cutoff time for the bike ride is 10 hours and 30 minutes from the start of the race.  So, if I cut off the 2 hours and 20 minutes that gives me 8 hours and 10 minutes to complete the bike ride of 112 miles.  This is roughly 13.7 miles per hour.  Again, I have never really timed myself on a bike either, but I am eager to see how many miles I could actually do on a bike without any preparation.

Tomorrow, I will set the running pace.

By the way, today is my wonderful girlfriend, Cindy’s Birthday.  So, Happy Birthday!  Can’t wait for the concert tonight.