Update: If I were you I would use this image [[ROM] PROPER Remake of Rooted Stock Image [Verizon] over the one below. The one below has some Sprint code and other oddities that will make your default keyboard not work like stock and change a few things I can't remember right now. This was a good first swipe at root but lets move on.
I just followed the instructions located here but basically:
- Download the rooted system image file
- Download the recovery image in case of the worst
- Download Odin
- Download the Kies files from Samsung (Drivers for the device are included)
Note: I did have to do a battery pull before it would allow me to click start. Not sure why just FYI. I did NOT lose any of my settings, apps, etc...