On May 6, 2012, Norma Charest stood at the start line of the Cox Rhode Racesâ€™ Marathon, near the State House in Providence, and trembled with fear, her stomach doing triple somersaults.
Charest, then 45, worried if she was too old, too unaccomplished, to attempt to complete a 26.2-mile trek around the city and its suburbs. She had finished more than a few half marathons, but this was twice the length.
â€śWill I cramp?â€ť she thought. â€śCan I last?â€ť
When the gun sounded, the Pawtucket resident took off, but doesnâ€™t recall much about what was for her not a race but a quest.