Most of us collect some kind of mementos over the year, and for many runners it is a handful of medals picked up at finish lines of various races. Few of us collect winners’ medals, but everyone who finishes gets one of these at many of the bigger races. They’re really not worth much to anyone except for what they may represent to you the runner. If you’ve done a longer race like a half- or full marathon or ultra, you remember a lot – the weather, the crowds (if any), what other runners wore, and how you felt at the finish line (or the next day). You also may remember a lot of the training, with its good and bad days, and the good times with your running pals. Perusing one’s race medals can call all this to mind. Whatever your mementos may be for 2012, may they guide you to a bigger, better, and happier 2013!