Friday October 27th, 2006
Chicago Marathon. Check.
After 5 hours and 20 minutes of running, 1 power bar, 5 shot bloks, 1 banana, untold amounts of water and gatorade, 37 degree weather, 20 mph winds, and spectators cheering us on for 26.2 miles, I finally crossed the finish line in Grant Park. Everyone from Plantation Motorola (Beatriz M artinez, Wafa A bdulRazzaq, Marcela T odd, Eric L im, Greg R aven, Bill S kidmore, Chuck L ail, Veronica G hoghos, Jocelyn N orris, Gold, Victoria, Allan, Daniel, and about 10 others) finished and got their medal. It was the best marathon ever. The Farland siblings, Spencer and Ali, cheered us on - they met us in four different places along the course. After about mile 22, I felt if I sawed my feet off and ran on nubs it would be more comfortable. No, I'm not being dramatic. Ok, maybe a little. Yes, it was rough at the end. Probably one of the hardest things I've ever done. We met up with Eric around mile 3 but he already couldn't feel his knee and we soon passed him. Around mile 7 we caught up with Marcela. She soon left us at mile 11 or so as we started falling behind. Beatriz's knee started hurting and she started walking more than running. Wafa and I couldn't keep walking so we left B at mile 14. I felt fine until about mile 18. Then I started to lose enthusiasm mentally since we had lost so much time earlier in the race and probably because I had been running for almost 4 hours. I felt better at mile 21 but still walked more than I should have. At about mile 23 I started to run more simply because I started getting cold. The temperature at 1pm was the same as it was at 8am. Nonetheless, I ran the last mile nonstop, finished without injury, and couldn't wait to get some warm clothes on, eat some real food, and stretch. It was tough but it was a lot of fun and I'm glad I did it!

WADE | Bib #37450 | COOPER CITY, FL - UNITED STATES | Age 29 | M | USA
8:17:44 AM 0:42:04 1:21:27 1:56:00 2:33:07 2:42:32 3:14:19 3:48:14 4:28:21 5:05:57 5:22:01
TIME Chip Time: 5:22:01 Clock: 5:40:46 Pace: 12:16

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Friday October 27th, 2006

Wade says:

I'm leaving to China today but I'll try to upload some pics while I'm away. I'll be back next weekend.

Friday October 27th, 2006

Jocelyne says:

Hey Wade: Congratulations in finishing your first FULL! You are now an official member of the FULL club. I am so proud of you. I know it hurt, but how great did you feel when you crossed that finish line? It was a lot of fun training with you this summer and I hope we can train together again. Maybe you are going to stick with 1/2's from now on? :)

Thursday November 09th, 2006

Sook says:

Congratulations on completing your first Full Marathon! Still jet lagged from China?

Sunday December 03rd, 2006

Wade says:

Thanks so much for everyone's support!