I showed up about 30 minutes early because I had not pre-registered and I needed to mentally prepare and realized that I was the only girl as well as the only non-college student that had arrived. It was a little scary there for a little while. One of the college guys asked rather sheepishly how old I was, "to give out awards accordingly." I, with my squinty eyes, graciously gave him
Soon though, my friends did show up as well as some other ladies and I felt much better. I did not feel better as I was running up some monster hills in a local neighborhood by the college, but it was really fun.
Poor lad at the finish line got smacked in the arm when he told me my time and I had improved by four minutes in two weeks. He was quite proud of me. I think he was excited that "the old momma" did not blow chunks on him and require a defibrillator to revive me. Honestly, I was too.