Actress Valerie Bertinelli is celebrating after successfully completing her first marathon, just days before she turns 50.
Eddie Van Halen's ex-wife has been training for the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts since last summer (Jul09), when she dropped 50 pounds (22.6 kilograms) and took part in a 13.1-mile (21-kilometre) race.
And her hard work has paid off - Bertinelli crossed the finish line at Monday's (19Apr10) sporting event in five hours, 14 minutes and 37 seconds, much to the delight of her longtime boyfriend and workout partner Tom Vitale, who cheered her on from the sidelines.
Speaking shortly after the race, Bertinelli told People.com, "I am so high right now, more high than if I'd had a bottle of champagne! I feel euphoric!"
The star will mark the milestone age on Friday (23Apr10).