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September 13, 2013

On The Run: Change things up to bust out of a running rut


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.


Starts and stops:

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 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


On the Run is a biweekly column about the North Shore running scene. Send any questions, comments, or news to

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