Brothers Connect (Even More) Through Running
Twins Branden and Landen Teeter are powered by brotherly love
Branden and Landen Teeter, who both work in Clif Bar’s Twin Falls, Idaho factory, know a thing or two about connection. For starters, they’re identical twins. The 32-year-old brothers, who say their personalities are “almost exactly alike,” have always been close. But when the two of them started running in high school, the bond grew deeper.
“Many people don’t understand the connections twins have and then you add running into the equation, and it’s very difficult to even explain,” says Branden. “For example, we can tell how each other is feeling in a race without even speaking a word.”
Here are 10 ways these fast brothers — they’ve both run a 1:10 half marathon — grow even closer to each other with every running step.
By The Numbers
- “We can’t run without each other.” If one of the Teeters is injured or can’t run for some reason, the other will run on the treadmill. “We have a hard time running by ourselves,” says Landen. The two usually run together outside around 6pm every day, after waking up (they work the night shift) and before going into work. But when winter subsides, their plan is to run the 4.5 miles to and from work.
- “We talk on our runs.” Most runs are non-stop talking, they say. They discuss everything from work, to family life, to how the Denver Broncos are faring in a season. “The only time we might not talk is if we are doing a workout/tempo run and have no breath for talking,” says Landen.
- “We race together.” They’re regulars at local events near their home in Kimberly, Idaho, and they fill open weekends with races, from indoor track meets in the winter to outdoor 5Ks and marathons.
- “We’re competitive with each other.” So competitive, they say, that easy running days often become hard days. “With less than a mile to go in a race, we start picking up the pace and getting ready for our kicks,” says Branden. “At this time, we just try our hardest to beat each other. When one of us decides to leave the other, we just know that he was better that day. There really aren’t much feelings past that, definitely no hate or anything. We want each other to do as best as possible in each race.”
- “We know how each other’s feeling in a race, without even talking.” “We are so used to each other’s breathing that when one of ours is off, we can tell something’s wrong,” explains Landen. The other telltale sign? If one of them starts to pick up the pace, and the other doesn’t match it. “Many times, we will try to just help the other through the feeling, hoping it goes away and we will both be ready to roll,” says Branden. “Once we do notice something is wrong, we will actually talk to each other to find out what the problem is.”
- “We wear the same outfits racing.” The brothers always wear the exact same outfits in their races. “We even like the same shoes (Nike Air Pegasus) so much, we both buy the same shoe with different colors and swap one.”
- “We like running in groups.” The brothers ran track and cross country at Idaho State University, and say those were the best running years they’ve ever had. “Nothing really compares to being on a team and running with a group of fellow runners,” says Landen. They’re also converting their wives to runners, and occasionally run with them.
- “We have the same running goals.” Their main goal is to remain injury-free, which they both struggle with. (And yes, they sometimes get the same injuries.) Other goals? “To break 15 minutes in a 5k, qualify for the Boston Marathon, go back to NYC and run a good NYC Marathon [their last performance wasn’t what they’d hoped for], do the London Marathon, go to some good track meets and run some good times, set all new PRs,” explains Branden. And they admit they have some “probably not likely to happen” goals, like break four minutes in the mile, break 14 minutes in the 5K, and qualify for the Olympic Trials.
- “We live together.” The brothers bought a house together, and share it between their two families. “Not because we’re twins,” says Branden. “We choose to live tougher because, financially, it just makes more sense. This way we have more money to do the things we love to do, like going to Denver Broncos games, or traveling to race.” The brothers both have two kids — one boy, and one girl each — all four of them under age 4.
- “We spend days off together.” While they work in the same factory, they’re not on the same line, but try to catch break times together. And on days off, they spend time with their families, catch movies together, dirt bike, hunt, and go on long runs together. “You could say we spend a lot of time together,” they chuckle.