In my somewhat year in review the other day, I think I missed expressing how great of a year of running it was.
Through all the ups and downs that come with running, this 365-day span has been the best in 9 full years of running.
It was the most consistent year I've ever had. I close off the year at 1,157 miles -- 117 miles farther than last year. Five months had 80 or more miles and five months had 100+ miles. Longtime PRs fell in the 10k, 10-miler and half marathon despite rarely being happy with how "fast" I felt (or didn't feel).
I spent today's 4-mile run doing a lot of reflecting on this year. I thought about those PRs and the personal best mileage, but I found myself just being grateful for being able to run. In a way, that feels like the theme of this year.
I'm looking forward to what next year will bring. I'm approaching 2013 with a lot of goals that will set me up for what I think will be an even better and more satisfying year of running.
For now, it's time to celebrate the end of 2012.