Jun 172011

Katie Lowrie

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Katie Lowrie and I attend Cal State Fullerton while majoring in Kinesiology. I also run Cross Country and Track for the School and work for A Snail’s Pace Running Shop in Brea. I enjoy running on the beach and on trails around the city so I am able to enjoy my surroundings while exercising. I also enjoy babysitting and photography and on day hope to become a pediatric physical therapist. My family is also very important to me, I have one younger brother Michael and a younger sister Emily who are also competitive runners, we definitely make running a family affair. Michael is 13 years old and can run laps around me, he keeps me motivated to keep on improving, while my sister Emily finds great joy in running and she inspires me to enjoy what I do and make sure that I am doing it for the right reasons.

Jun 142011

All my friends thought that my feet had cancer.  I ran a marathon a month and a half ago and the remnants of it can still be seen in my feet.  I have played soccer my whole life and have always had callouses, but they are worse than they have ever been.  Anyone have any remedies for my feet that I could use to make them better again?

Foot Cancer . . . Not

Jun 132011

Erik is a barefoot runner from Brazil who recently contacted us on Twitter (@erikneves).  He said that he had completed an Ironman in Brazil two weeks ago and just finished an Ultramarathon this past weekend.  Not only that but he completed the Ultramarathon by doing one half of it barefoot and the other half wearing huaraches.  Which got me wondering . . . What the heck is a Huarache?

A Huarache is some kind of Mexican running sandal.  I searched several websites and there were a lot of links to different types of Huaraches, but I chose this website because I have a feeling that this is what our friend @erikneves was running in –  http://www.invisibleshoe.com/. If you visit this website you will see that these sandals are super thin and supposedly are supposed to give you the experience of barefoot running while still protecting your feet. 

I don’t know about you, but I tried running a marathon over a month ago and on a trip to San Juan Capistrano, I was walking around with sandals on and all my friends told me that it looked like my feet had cancer because they were covered in blood blisters from running in a marathon.  I could not imagine running in those huaraches, let alone running half of an ultramarathon in them and the other have completely barefoot.

That’s crazy!  But, now we know what a huarache is . . .  and so do you.

Jun 112011

The Running Brothers are returning to their roots. We started our running in one of our favorate Cities, San Luis Obispo. You can read our previous running advantures in SLO, all the way back in December.

That was our first real training day and I think we have come alot. Now we are going back for our second triathalon. The 32nd Annnual SLO Triathalon will be on July 24, 2011 and the running brothers will be there ready to run, bike and swim.

You may have read that our family has a pretty close connection to San Luis Obispo. Our mother grew up in SLO, our father attended the California Scholastic Press Association Workshop and subseqently lead for work show for nearly 30 years. Our parents meet at that workshop at the California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. My brother, Sister and I all attended the workshop. Our family made regular trips to SLO to see our family. So needless to say SLO has a special place in our hearts.

If you want to join us let us know, if you want to make the drive or are a local and want to cheer us on that would be fantastic.


Jun 082011

Music and Ipods have become a huge part of training these days and my brother and I have always tried to find the perfect music or podcasts to listen to on our runs.  We post this question to our Twitter followers every once in a while in order to see what other people listen to. 

@TheRoad2WD responded with a blog post that he had written for his website, http://road2warriordash.wordpress.com/.  His blog post on his Ipod selection can be found here, http://road2warriordash.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/the-road-beyond-warrior-dash-its-not-my-fault-you-hate-your-boyfriend/.  It’s quite the collection of music and I would love to generate a comprehensive list of some of the best podcasts and music to listen to while training.  Feel free to add music to our list by commenting on our website.

Jun 062011

Thanks to @BrittEMeeks for sending us this video.

Britt Meeks told us that we had really big egos and that we thought we were awesome.  She said we had big heads and that we should have some perspective and so she sent us this video. 

The Running Brothers support our troops completely.  We love everything they do for us and while this story is amazing, I must point out a few things to show how our awesomeness is better than this amputee veteran’s awesomeness.

  1. His teams shirts were not nearly as awesome as ours.

Ok, well, I guess I could only think of one way that we were more awesome than this guy.  It’s amazing what human beings can accomplish when we work together.  Check out this video to get a glimpse into what life is all about.

Jun 052011

As we knew would happen from time to time, my brother and I learned a new word this past week.  It all started several weeks ago when my brother and I went on one of our longest rides ever and encountered our biggest problem . . . sore butts.  We handled the ride just fine but found ourselves unbelievably uncomfortable.  We knew that we had to ask for help from our heroes to solve this problem, and so . . . we turned to Twitter.

We asked how we could solve our chaffage problem that was occurring downstairs and two of our heroes, @kelownagurl and @indianabackdoc came to the rescue to tell us about the Chamois and Chamois cream.  We thanked them for their help and then we discussed how we would use the chamois and chamois cream to solve our “problem.”  It was only then that we realized that neither of us knew what a chamois was.  So, we asked our heroes and they told us.

A chamois is the thick pad inside the bike shorts which helps to reduce chafing from the bicycle saddle.  For long rides, sometimes the chamois is not enough and many people recommended a variety of different things, but the one that resonated with us was Chamois Cream, which if I understand it correctly is a numbing agent that uses novacaine to force the rear end area to lose feeling when riding. 

My brother and I certainly don’t like to have sore butts for any reason and so, with that in mind we plan on wearing our bicycle shorts . . . which contain a/the chamois and will be looking to invest in some chamois cream.

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 272011

What do you think about our website?

Your website – is very adhd – BUT don’t change it – I had to figure out who was who and had trouble placing your ages. Your mum must be an amazing person.

May be I have not read enough but even though the site is very “open” and you share a lot, I feel know v, little basic stuff about you guys – in terns of the “normal” stuff such as professional stuff, education, loves hates, travel experiences, etc….girlfriends???

What are you most passionate about?

We are passionate about life and getting the most out of it! That means that you need your physical, mental and financial health to be in balance and that is what our business is all about. We realized this after we had hit the toppish of our corporate careers – still wanting to grow AND have more time to travel so realized that we needed to do something about it. That’s when we started our business. Through it we teach others how to run their business and achieve the goals that they want to reach and through helping them we achieve our goals.

We are interested in partnering with ambitious, outgoing people who want to get more out of life – be it personal performance, sport performance, financial performance – or all of the above – just have them contact us – wherever in the world they are.

What is one thing that you think every person should do in their lifetime?

Ummm, running a marathon is NOT it – its simply not for everyone and then I might say in a couple of years time – doing an ironman so that won’t do at all.

It has to be TRAVEL – be it take a cruise, get on a plane, drive over the world – open your mind and heart to new stuff and let it stay open! You will be surprised where it leads to.

*Liz Boers-Maynard writes her own blog, http://everyrunsawinner.wordpress.com/ devoted to her experiences as a runner.  Her husband also runs his own blog, http://feelinghealthynet.wordpress.com/.  Be sure to check out both of their blogs and let them know that The Running Brothers sent you.