Of course, they got stronger! Of course, their 5K times dropped to their best ever! Of course, their training prevented many of the typical season-interfering injuries and aches & pains. But here’s what else happened: their confidence grew as they got stronger, and just running to be ‘involved’ in something became competitive, not just this year, but in the years to follow. Camaraderie became not just a word on a page or a concept thrown around by a coach–it became real.