Running for a Cause – Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon

Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you to all Veterans and active duty military for your service and sacrifice. I am so proud of my husband, David Tunnicliffe and his mother, Joanna Tunnicliffe, for running the Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon and supporting Wounded Warriors yesterday. I am so excited to share his blog about the experience with you. Enjoy!

David Runs 4 Good – Norfolk Freedom Half Marathontall-ship

Today was the third annual Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon, and approximately 2,000 people showed up to run the 13.1 Miles, or the whole 26.2 miles. One of the main reasons why I did this race was because it was supporting the Wounded Warriors Program. My heart goes out to all active and retired military and families. I cannot thank you enough for your sacrifices for this country.

My mum (read her blog here) and I both signed up for the half marathon, which is actually the shortest race that we’ve both done in about 5 years. Coming into the race I felt confident that I could get a decent time because of the long distance training I’ve been doing with Drew, and my new CrossFit, at CrossFit Unparallelled, workout throughout the week. I set my goals high, but I reached everyone of them this weekend!

1.Have fun (I have to put that because my mum says so)
2.Finish under 1 hour 25 minutes
3.Come home with some hardware (trophy)

For some reason both Mum and I thought the race started at 8 am, however we find out this week that the start is at 6:30am. So our start was scheduled before the sun came up; not cool! Actually very cool; the temperature was in the lower 40s, but was forecasted to rise into the lower 60s after lunch. It turned out to be the best running condition for a race I could’ve imagined. It was cool, light winds, and sunny! After a short delay at the start the wheelchairs/strollers went on their way, 5 minutes later the marathoners pushed off, and then at 6:39am it was our turn.

There was a decent group of strong runners at the front of the half marathon, and a couple younger guys sprinted out front, but didn’t last for long. I found my pace and just focused on running my race, and not losing sight of the leaders. The first 2-3 miles were quite crowded because we were running through the back of the marathon pack, but there was enough room to get around the outside. My goal was to shoot for 6:30 miles, which was obtainable, but I knew it would be hard work. My first 8 miles were negative splits, starting off at 6:35 mins/mile, and working down to a 6:15.

After looking at the topography of my run from my watch, mile 8-11 were uphill, which explained quite a bit after my times were a bit slower than I wanted. I was able to sustain a sub 6:30 pace, but it was a lot more work than I was putting out in the beginning. From mile 7 to the finish I ran by myself. The leaders of the half marathon were a few minutes a head of me, and I had passed all of the marathoners. I had to self motivate my self, but I was able to hang on until the end.afterwards

Norfolk did a great job at supporting the event! The volunteers and the public safety; police, fire, and community assistant folks were at every cross street directing traffic. I tried to thank everyone of them, but if I missed you; Thank you!! For anyone interested in doing their first half or full marathon, this is a great event. Easy course, well staffed and supported, and supporting a great cause all made for a great event. If I have time in my schedule next year, I will definitely consider doing this race again.

So again; to all of our troops; active and retired, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for all of your sacrifices you have made for our freedoms. Thank you to all the families who have also sacrificed along side of you! God Bless each and everyone of you!!

This is what I am running for again this year. You can read more about it here, and if you can help in anyway, it would be greatly appreciated. Stay tuned for the next update on what’s to come before the end of the year!!!

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