LOL us Lions flock together!! I am Penn State Proud class of 1986!!!
How long have you been on SparkPeople? I used it faithfully for the first couple of years and then life got in the way but I still try to stay connected as much as I possibly can! It is such a great resource.
I am by no means fast but I have improved in each race and can tell that my training is paying off, especially over the last year. I go into each race with the thought that "its my race, no one else's so I don't really care how fast or slow anyone else is running". It keeps me from getting stressed and keeps me from beating myself up.
Good luck with your racing experience and just have fun with it!!