People often ask why I do this - run half marathons. And it's for the feeling I get before and while and right after I finish. I guess some call it a "Runner's High." It's more of a "Finisher's High." It's not the running that makes me feel like that, it's finishing after I've run all that.
I hobbled with my parents to the car, soaked in some cool water in the bathtub and by the time I took a shower, I felt a lot better. Breakfast at a local joint was a lovely exclamation point to the day, and good preparation for our drive to Connecticut.