It helps to have a goal. If you’re just running to stay in shape but getting bored with it, try signing up for a race, whether it’s a 5K or a marathon. Having that goal to shoot for and a training program to follow should get you invested.
If you’re not a fan of races, set a reasonable mileage goal for the year (or month or week) and figure out how you can reach it.
Falling into a running rut is easy to do, but breaking out of one can be just as easy and much more rewarding in the long term.
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The Lone Gull 10K takes place on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester. More than 550 runners participated in the race last year, traversing a fast course with slight rolling hills along the back shore of Gloucester and Eastern Point. Proceeds from the event support the programs at The Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf. The Lone Gull was voted the 2012 winner of the North Shore Road Race Guide Best Race Course and Best 10K Race. Visit www.lonegull10k.com/ for more information and to register online.
The fourth annual Fall Frolic 5K & Fun Run is set for Sunday, Oct. 6. The 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. on the traditional Beverly Homecoming race route beginning and ending at Lynch Park, 55 Ober St., Beverly. The half-mile Kids Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. and is open to all kids grade 5 and younger. Entry fees for 5K are $20 before Sept. 22 and $25 after, and $2 for the Fun Run. The event benefits Beverly’s public elementary schools. Register online at www.fallfrolic5K.com.
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