I am writing about my friend's first experience post completing a full marathon. Being her very first try at the endurance sport of long distance running, she couldn't complete the full distance, not at least by running. She had to complete it by walking and jogging alternatively (walking a few kms and jogging another few for the final ~12 odd kms). If I wanted to express this in a sentence, how can I best do it?
Shree ________ her way to the finish line, completely exhausted and struggling for breath.
Strolled and tiptoed seem to convey entirely different meanings to the above sentence. Struggled comes close but it would underwhelm what I am trying to say. I'd appreciate a lot if you could suggest an answer, specifically in the context of Marathons.