I am a 24-year-old grad student who started long distance running in 2009. I always was a sprinter, but was going through some hard times and just started running. I did my first half marathon that year in San Francisco, and I have been addicted ever since. I have run all over the world, from Paris and India, to the the Dominican Republic and Texan countryside, and love how running is a common language. That’s the beauty of it.