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Recently I, along with a group of friends, finished a Tuff Scrambler 5K Adventure Run. This race was an obstacle run, where we had to climb, jump, run, crawl and even swim through 3.1 miles of trails and obstacles. For some, it was their first 5K. For all of us, it was an adventure in our running skills.

Have you ever thought about competing in one of these events?


 
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As runners, we often get caught up in all the competitiveness we place on ourselves; to run that extra mile or to run faster than we did the last time we ran a similar distance. Every now and then we need to make sure that we don't forget that we should also be enjoying our runs.



 
What better way to ring in the New Year than to join some friends for a first of the year run. Yesterday, a bunch of us joined almost 2,000 other runners at the 1st Run 5K/10K in Lowell, Massachusetts. Even though it was the morning after New Years Eve, there was a lot of excitement, laughter and fun before and after the races.