WBR - I'll add my support to that and say that I think that is a great idea - maybe we could "ask" the webmaster to add a topic area called "First Timers" or something along those lines. That way only those serious about and kind enough to help those of us starting out can check in. Those that want to have nothing to do with us novices don't have to enter that topic area at all. I, too, love the comaraderie. It has been exciting not to mention uplifting to read Voodoo's and others posts re: their quest for "marathoner" status. I have been able to live vicariously through them while plagued with an injury that kept me from running my first Still on that quest however - thanks in part to all the great first timer reports - I want it too!!!! And V - Don't let a few nasty people ruin what is a pleasant part of my day - i.e. checking in and seeing how you are doing with your training and of course being amused by your quips.