In the midst of the holidays it's natural to reflect on the year. I personally don't track yearly mileage, races or run streaks, not that there's anything wrong with doing that.
When I look back on my year I think of the new places I've run, the mountain views, the wild critters and the beautiful and unique souls I've met along the journey. My favorite accomplishments are not my own. They're watching the joy and confidence on a coaching client's face as they complete their first 5k, pacing and crewing friends as they find the strength to push past low points and achieve great things, and learning that a teammate finally got a ticket to the big dance - Western States 100.
The point of all this isn't that the miles or vert or days run don't count, it's just that what we get from them is so much more than the sum of their numbers. In ways that are sometimes still a mystery to me, running has a unique power to change people for the better.
As you move into the next decade I wish for you to find the power of running in your life and share it with those around you.