I have some questions concerning running in general: A. Am I pushing myself too hard? I ran 4 miles last Saturday (never gone before 3 miles before) and attempted to go 5 miles yesterday but stopped at 2 miles due to leg fatigue. I have gone to soccer practice 3 out of the 5 days this past week and felt like I have not fully recovered from last Saturday. B. How do you minimize ankle pain? After going 3 miles last Saturday my ankle starting feeling this shock of pain with every step (I had the intention of going 5 miles but stopped at 4 to prevent any potential injuries). C. What is the best breathing rhythm for running longer distances? D. For running the CFA mile, would it be a good idea to run gradually faster as you go along? I just started doing soccer this year; we don't do timed runs, we just run in intervals during practice. I have never done cross country/track. I used to run around my neighborhood periodically but now do it on consistent basis. I run about a 6:20- 6:40 mile and want to get it under 6 minutes or get the max 5:20 for the CFA. Any input/tips would be appreciated! PS= I really wished we had a forum on preparing for CFA/fitness.