And sometimes you need to adjust your goals. If an injury means you realize in March that you won’t be able to run a spring marathon, then set different goals that you can achieve. Life’s going to throw curveballs at you from time to time, so be prepared to deal with them.
But right now, with a few days left in the year, it’s fun to just come up with those goals. The planning is always the fun part, looking ahead to what you can achieve over the next 12 months. Now is the time to think big. Accomplishing those goals is much more difficult, but with any luck, you’ll persevere and maybe even have a little fun along the way.
Starts and stops
Kick off 2014 in style by running the seventh annual Frosty Four 4-mile race in Salem on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. The race is the first event in the New England Running Company 2014 Road Race Series. Registration takes place at the Tavern in the Square from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and the race starts on Front Street. Visit www.northshoretimingonline.com/reglivecb.aspx?eventyear_id=120 for more information and to register online.
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Wednesday, Jan. 1: Danvers 5K Fun Run, Sweet William’s Garden Center, 141 Pine St., Danvers, 7 p.m. Free, timed run. All welcome. These events are part of a weekly 52-race series. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Jan. 2: No Rest for the Wicked Weekly 5K-ish, Salem Common, Salem, 6:45 p.m. Free 3.2-mile run. Contact email@example.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 8: Danvers 5K Fun Run, Sweet William’s Garden Center, 141 Pine St., Danvers, 7 p.m. Free, timed run. All welcome. These events are part of a weekly 52-race series. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Jan. 9: No Rest for the Wicked Weekly 5K-ish, Salem Common, Salem, 6:45 p.m. Free 3.2-mile run. Contact email@example.com.
Sunday, Jan. 19: The Lazy Dog Classy 3 Mile Fun Run, Lazy Dog Sports Bar, 328 Broadway,
Lynn, 11 a.m. Contact: Stephen martin (Lynn Classical track) at 1-617-852-7690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.northshoreroadraceguide.com/race-calendar for more race listings.