I'm still wincing as I go up and down the steps, but I did it! I am slightly disappointed in myself, however, for not running the whole thing...miles 1-21 were freakin awesome..I felt amazing and felt like I could hit my goal of getting in under 5 hours (or hitting it exactly)...unfortunately my legs decided they didn't want to be pushed much further at that point and every time I'd start running, I'd have to stop and walk for a quarter mile, then run a quarter mile, then walk, and so on.
But the fact that I ran the first 20 at a steady good pace made me feel like I could do this again and for sure hit my goal of seeing a 4 in that first number. Either way, I moved forward for 5:15 minutes and I completed 26.2 miles yesterday morning. I ran a marathon. I am so happy that is something I've done in my life now. It doesn't matter whether I try it again or reach my goal or never run another mile in my life, I ran a marathon.
Now if only I could get a book published...my bucket list would be all red lines.
I'm feeling very full of happy endorphins now :)