mr. brett -> my friend

by Holly on May 12, 2010

in guest posts

Hello lovelies! Yours truly is a stressed out ball of to-do lists, tasks and general life anxieties so my good friend Brett has graciously stepped in for a very special guest post. This is the very FIRST guest post by one of my friends, and it’s made more special because we’re training for the Madison 1/2 Marathon together! Enjoy this fabulous post, and please show Brett all the love you show me on a daily basis :).


Hello fellow Healthy Everythingtarian followers – I’m Queen Everythingtarian’s friend Brett Prince Everythingtarian! Today, I will be giving Queen E. a day off from providing us all with motivation and advice on finding a healthy balance in our lives.  Everyday her experiences help us navigate the complex world of food and exercise.  She even finds time to humor us from time to time!

I wanted to share with the Everythingtarian world, my experience preparing for the Madison Half-Marathon.  I use the term preparing on purpose.  Undoubtedly, some of my fellow half-marathoners will describe their preparation for race day as “training.”  I am not convinced this is accurate.  To me, training is for professionals like Adrian Peterson or Usain Bolt or (my favorite) Dwight Howard.  We non-athletes must struggle to find time to prepare our bodies for half-marathons while juggling our work, family, friends and other obligations.

I played high school sports.  I was a running back on my high school football team and I ran track (sorry, no photos!) – neither of which required me to run more than 400 meters at once.  Needless to say, my distance running portfolio is very skimpy.

Prior to preparation for this half-marathon (or as Holly and I refer to it, the half-Mary – things always seem more fun when you give them pet-like names), the most I had run, all at once – outside – in the elements, was a 5K.  My law-school alma mater does a 5K memorial run for a former Dean.  You also might recall how I roped Queen E. into participating in an alumni event for the Tigers earlier this spring.

In law school, I didn’t spend a lot of my free time inbetween studying for classes on running or working out.  I did spend some time tailgating…

Riding on buses going to tailgating…

Licking friends…

And awkwardly grinding up on good friends while dancing…

Going to Cardinals games…

And just being plain silly…

Overall, there was not a whole lot of time spent focusing on my physical well-being.

So, the first thing I needed in order to start preparing for the HM (an even shorter way to refer to the half-Mary) was MOTIVATION. This is the single most important factor in successfully preparing for any race.  There is always going to be good excuses not to do a mid-week run – believe me I have used them.  I will tell myself it’s too cold – my head hurts – I’m tired – I need to run an errand – I’ll do it tomorrow.  Don’t make excuses.  Just do it – Nike-style.

Next, there are some great Internet tools that will help you prepare.  First, Runner’s World has the “Smart Coach.”  (The link to Smart Coach is about half way down the page in the center.)  All I had to do is sign up (it’s free), fill-in some information about myself (the 5K that I had run), plug in a race date and I had a customized training preparing schedule.

I like this, because I am able to keep track of all the progress that I have made…

Next, be sure to utilize Map My Run (MMR).  All I have to do is plug in a certain route and it calculates the distance for me.  This is helpful not only to get the exact distance I am running that day, but it also tells me where the halfway point is on a certain route.  I have found with longer runs I get re-energized when I am over halfway done.

These are a few tools I have used to prepare for my HM.  Not surprisingly, I learned these from Queen E.

As you begin or continue with your preparation, make sure to reserve time for attending fundraisers benefitting at-risk youth with your boyfriend…

And make time to go skiing in Colorado with your brothers and sister…

These are things in my life that give me motivation to be the best Everythingtarian I can.  And when you cross the finish line of the half-Mary in your life, be proud of the important accomplishment that you have completed – I know I will be.

I look forward to giving you all an update after my half-Mary at the end of the month.  Until then, are YOU participating in a half-Mary or other race this summer? I expect to see Everythingtarian Nation crossing finish lines all over!


Kailey (SnackFace) May 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

BRETT!!!! I adore you!!! Beyond fab. Hmmm I do have a half-mary in which I’d like to participate this summer. It’s in San Fran. The game plan will be to walk it, brew in hand, dancing and skipping and singing the whole entire time. I think it’s possible.

Evan Thomas May 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I agree that even though we’re always “training” for these things, the truth is we’ll drop training in a second to go to the movies and see Avatar. Wait till they put treadmills in movie theaters. Then I’ll be training with a bag of popcorn.
Good luck on your H-Mary Lou(an even more obscure way to say half marathon)! I completed mine 2 weekends ago, and have nothing new lined up until next year(and enjoying NOT training)

Abby May 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

The only thing I run on a daily basis is my mouth, so I will not be preparing for a marathon at any time in the near or far future. However, I still appreciated the guest post and look forward to your update post-race. With that said, I think you should now be referred to as “The Guest Blogger Formerly Known As Prince” or some crazy-ass symbol that nobody can figure out.

Jennifer May 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I just signed up for my very first 1/2 marathon on 10/10/10 in Albany, NY> I am scared sh!tless to say the least, as I also have no more than 2 5ks under my belt. But I have been analyzing a bunch of different training schedules, so hopefully my training will pay off and I will kick butt1

Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) May 12, 2010 at 9:02 pm


Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries May 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Loove mapmyrun! I was training for a half but sadly got a stress fracture and my dreams are dashed. I’m debating getting back into the game though!!

Jenna May 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Great guest post :)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans May 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Fabooosh guest post Brett! I think my marathon training needs to include more face licking and carbs via beer drinking…

Molly May 12, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Well Brett, um I officially love you. You should make guest appearances more often…OR have a spin-off blog to Ms. Holly’s. That would be fab! And although I’ve run 2 marathons, I’m scared outta my pants to be running a half this October in MN. EEEk. You will be fabulous, keep up the hard work!

sophia May 13, 2010 at 12:36 am

Wow, this is awesome! Loved this post. Thanks for sharing Brett with us, Holly? Will he be a regular? ;-)

And best of luck with all the things you need to do, Holly! Hope you’re enjoying each moment!

Jessica May 13, 2010 at 12:47 am

Brett! You’re so cool (this sounds like i’m being sarcastic…but i’m totally not!) When Holly and I meet up…you’re joining in on the fun! Can’t promise any marathons….but we can definitely do some tail-gating or throw awkward dance-parties! You in!? hahaha Good luck with the half-mary!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 13, 2010 at 5:34 am

Hmmm, I would rather swallow nails than run a race, but I can help cheer everyone on! :)

Lauren May 13, 2010 at 6:00 am

Love this post!!!! Music is also a HUGE inspiration for me when running. I remember having 2 miles to go in my last 1/2 marathon and I thought I wasn’t going to make it. Then, my Ipod started playing, “Stronger” by Cristina Agulara and I started to sprint to that finish line! It was amazing!! :)

You are going to do awesome. I am so excited for you.

Paula May 13, 2010 at 6:44 am

Hi, Brett! *waves* Thanks for sharing with us.

Susan May 13, 2010 at 7:23 am

Good luck on your race Brett! I’m no longer a runner, but I like to lace up my sneaks for a nice power walk occassionally. No races for moi, but I can outwalk all the seniors in my hood so I feel pretty accomplished. I kid. Sort of.

You are HILAR! I vote for a little vLog action from you and Miss Holly!

Adj (Tattoos & Champagne) May 13, 2010 at 8:53 am

Kick back side on your run, man! I remember the adrenaline of my first half – it was INTENSE! This summer I’m all about the shorter races (I did a full mary in January. Checked that item off the bucket list!). Next up: The Baltimore 10-miler. Hello premiums I can actually use!

Susan May 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

ooh ooh! I want to do an HM in September! Does that count? I haven’t signed up yet though because I am a commitment-phobe. But I’m slowly preparing my body for the distance anyways ;)

Fundraising and skiing are cross-training, no?

So nice to meet you Brett!!! :D

Garbs May 13, 2010 at 9:34 am

B-ray! Miss you! Good luck on the HM! This was hilarious… “Licking friends…”

Also, I second Susan up there. Vlog please!

Therese May 13, 2010 at 9:47 am

My dad went to Law school at Mizzou! I’m a Florida Gator girl but I have mad love for the Tigers :)

I played basketball my whole life so long distance running is NOT something that comes easy for me. The most I’ve ever run is about 5 miles and I’m cool with that. I’ll stick to crazy workouts like INSANITY!

Angharad May 13, 2010 at 11:49 am

I’m participating in the same one as YOU! Can’t wait to meet you, Sir Brett (even better than a prince, in my opinion…) it’s going to be immense!

Also, really glad you called it ‘preparation’ – I always feel kind of stupid calling it training, when like you said I am also making time for LIFE. An important part of the process.
I also love that you showed your Runner’s World plan because mine looks just like that! Mileage crossed off/added, etc. Sometimes, there are boyfriends and skiiing holidays to attend to…

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) May 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Love this! (And love the licking picture, my BF ALWAYS does that to people for pictures…so I can relate :) )

Faith May 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm

What a fun guest post! Thanks for sharing your tools with us — Map My Run looks incredibly helpful!

Anica May 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm

This is so great! Good luck with your marathon!!! I will def be doing a marathon someday, and will keep your tips in mind :)

Naomi(onefitfoodie) May 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm

nice post!! the first thing is MOTIVATION indeed…after that everything can fall into place!! there are so really great tools out there to help even beginner runners! technology these days, i tell ya… :)

mary ann May 13, 2010 at 6:57 pm

hols… u best watch your back cus this girl’s got one hell of a friend crush… Brett, you. are. delicious. LOOOVES it! What do you say we all follow Kaileys lead and walk (or dance?) con bevvies? Despite my jealousy, Hols, I am sending you my fiercest POSITIVE energy to get through these stressful times… after all, May doesn’t make room for negativity, no?

Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm

This fall I was planning on running a half marathon, it was a part of my new years resolution but little did I know that I was pregnant! I found out a week later.

At six months pregnant it’s not wise to do too much running but last week I did do a 5K:)

claire May 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I am planning a half this summer, if I can find one. I don’t know why I am having so much trouble in the midwest after living in the east. I better run one though since I aim to do a full in the fall! Loved this post by brett, seems like an awesome funny guy!

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