So here it is . . . my first entry in my running blog. I have been creepily lurking in the RBF world for almost a year now, and I've finally given in and decided to expose my own nerdy running addiction. I've learned so much from my "blog friends," I'm hoping I can spread the love and give some other newbies the information, motivation and entertainment they need to feed their own addictions. As I know we all love race reports, I'll be starting my blog off with my 2008 Los Angeles Marathon race report . . . a tale of struggle and ultimately triumph over the b*tchiest marathon in existence. Alright, that might be a bit on the dramatic side, but let's just say that it's a good thing I'm already addicted to the sport; otherwise, that first marathon might just have been my last! Welcome, and I hope you enjoy the upcoming account of my first marathon!