On New Year’s morning, a New York CPA sent a proud email to his associates highlighting his accomplishments for 2006.Contained in the message were details of the exact distance he had run during the year (1,706.7 miles), broken down into various categories, from day of the week to state. Attached was a “full analysis” in the form of an Excel spreadsheet.

Joe is a self-proclaimed “semi-geek, anal-retentive accountant,” who started his career at age 13 working at his father’s firm entering data into the general ledger. Two decades later, he combined his passion for numbers with his passion for running, having started tracking these statistics in 1998—the year after his first marathon.

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