Hello everybody! I am exited to be a part of the fast running blog. What really got me into running was all because of my dad. I was in elementary school when I first started going on runs with him. He was trying to keep in shape for the military. He's been in all of the branches except for the Marines. He told me he was able to run 2 miles in 12:XX minutes which was good enough for him to max the run. Anyways there were sometimes where he would leave me and I had to find my way back home. One time we were on a base that I was not familiar with. He left me, I didn't know where I was, so I just sat on a corner of a street what seemed like an eternity before they found me. That was up in Alaska when we were there the first time between 2003-2008. Then we moved to Dugway, Utah, and lived there for a couple of years until Feb of 2011, where we moved up to Alaska for the 2nd time. In Dugway, I would still go on runs with him. There was a time where I though we were going to only go for 3 miles. Instead, my dad wanted to go for a second round, and I remember passing my house and telling dad that I didn't want to go, and I was crying....So yeah. My 7th grade year I ran with the high school XC team, but it really wasn't a team.... There was one girl and one boy. The girl was better than the boy, with a PR in the mile of about 5:43 as a school record at the time. In XC her times were about 20ish minutes. Her father was the band music teacher and his wife was the principle of the school. I moved up to Alaska in the 8th grade and that is where my running took off. XC season my freshman year of high school I did a mile time trail in gym class, ran 5:43. That was at the end of XC. My first indoor track meet freshman year I also ran a 5:43! My 8th grade PR for the mile was a 5:45, and that was one of my last races I had 8th grade year in Alaska. Brought my mile PR down to 5:08 by the end of 9th grade, and an 11:29 2 mile PR that I did in the middle of the season. Sophmore year, I had PR's of 10:49 for 2 miles and 5:05 for the mile. Junior year is where I set most of my PR's. Senior year came and I was really wondering to myself "Why am I still running?" because my mile raised to a 5:47. I didn't really like running at the time. But here I am about 4 and a half years later loving running again. (Even though I haven't been able to set PR's in awhile. I'm in pretty decent shape now. The 6.11 mile run that I did felt pretty good. First 3.3 miles were uphill then the rest of it was downhill. The plan was to run 6'50" pace for the last 5k, but rather I ran 6:26 pace running about a 19:57. That felt good and I was thinking if I can keep up that pace for a whole marathon. Do any of you guys have any suggestions on what marathon I should run?