Three hours and 16 minutes after starting, Magen Ellis finished her first marathon and never wanted to run another again.
“I felt awful. I couldn’t walk down the stairs normal for about a week,” said Ellis, a fourth-year early childhood development student at the UMaine College of Education and Human Development. “I walked backwards. It’s extreme pain. When I finished my marathon, I said I never wanted to do it again.
“But when I found out I qualified for Boston, I changed my mind.”