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Inaugural Prince William Half Race Report

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I paced another race. On Sunday I ran the inaugural Prince William Half Marathon as the 3:00 pacer. It was a very well-organized race and there aren't many things to critique. The weather was beautiful and I had a fantastic experience. I'd love to do this one again, and to pace it again.


The Prince William Half is named for Prince William county in Virginia, a bit west of Washington DC. It's home to the Manassas National Battlefield Park. The race started and ended at Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheater, which turned out to be a great venue. Packet pick-up was at another location in Manassas the two days before the race. I went on Saturday. There were no vendors, just some official race merchandise for sale. I picked up my packet and my pacer shirt, but I wouldn't get my sign until race morning. I decided to drive the race course so I could see just how hilly it would be, and familiarize myself with it. I don't usually do that, but since I was pacing other people, it woul…

Working on Nutrition for the Fall Race Season

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My next scheduled race is coming up in just under two weeks. By then I will have had three weeks without races before my busy fall race season begins. I'm doing several half marathons this fall, as well as a number of shorter races from now until the end of the year (5Ks, 5 Milers, 15Ks, etc.). And then there's the big one: New York City Marathon, which I'm running as a charity runner. All the races leading up to NYC are training for NYC. Everything after NYC is just for fun.

I'm using this lull in between races to continue with my training plan. I'm still doing strength training and stair climbing. I'm still doing hill repeats and speed work. I'm also working on my nutrition. A recent weigh-in at my doctor's office was a wake-up call. I've gained too much weight in a short period of time. One reason for this is side-effects from a medication, but a good share of it is due to my poor food decisions. I have a problem with snacking. You know that &quo…