Hi! I am Tessa. I am from a great little town in the beautiful state of North Carolina. I started running circa 1993. I would only run twice a year. One 5k at the YMCA Turkey Trot in the fall and then again in the summer at a YMCA Hotfoot 5k. Back then, I ran to impress my new hubby instead of running for personal gratification. Usually, I was disappointed by my finishes. I found that being passed by all sorts, from elderly people to pregnant women pushing baby joggers, was not my idea of fun. My husband actually suggested the bright idea of training for a race in 2000. Training? Imagine that! I could barely run a 1/2 mile when I started. One son, ten halves, and two full marys later, I love everything about running except THE FIRST MILE! It is still the worst for me. I am not really sure in which direction this site will lead, but I appreciate Victoria for suggesting it as a creative outlet. I think it will be a lot of fun documenting adventures and tossing around ideas about running. I have a wonderful family and amazing friends and so lucky that many of them are my running buddies. So, here is to THE FIRST MILE! She can be so tough, can’t she?