Walt Disney World Half Marathon: Melissa Murfin
My chip time was 3:09:19! For anyone using the McMillan pacing calculator, it predicted my finish around 3:09 based on my 10-mile time. I did take a potty break around mile 4 though. And wow...it was crowded on the course! I had some points during my running intervals where I had to slow to a walk because of people in front of me that I couldn't pass.
I don't know if anyone checked, but you can look up John Bingham's results. I finished about 1 minute after he did...if I hadn't taken that darn potty break, I would've been ahead of him!
I may also forever be known as the person who forgot their chip. I got on the bus with Cam and Howard around 3:40 am. We got to EPCOT and Cam said that Howard had noticed I didn't have my chip on my shoe. It was back in my room. Bit of a nightmare getting back to BCV, but I called DH at 4am and he was kind enough to get up and out in the cold to bring my chip to the bus so I wouldn't have to get off and wait in line for the bus again. I can definitely say my race was a team effort. Many thanks to Cam, Howard and DH for saving it for me!
One of the coolest parts was cheering on the full runners this morning. My WISH shirt was in no condition to be worn again so soon after the half, so if anyone is wondering who the weirdo was in the blue sweatshirt outside Yacht and Beach Club that was yelling your name....
Next year I'll bring the WISH team sign with me.
I got to see Sunny, Leigh Ann, Craig (was that your hand I shook with Cam and Howard?), Carrie and Scott, Helen, Lynne, I think Christa, Bree, Lily (nice photo!), Lynnda and Terri!
Trail's End was great, though they may have been less than happy to see so many of us. We may want to look at a different restaurant that's a bit more able to accomodate large parties next year.
But...it was wonderful to have a chance to meet so many of you! There should be a pretty fabulous group photo coming out of that! For those of you that got one, would anyone mind sending it on to those of us that didn't?
The whole weekend was a really wonderful experience! I'm definitely looking forward to the Minnie and the 2007 Half. Just printed out the registration form for next year's half!
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