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.

The runners, like many local races, were a mixed bunch from elite runners to the first time racers. But as everyone lined up at the starting line, we all had a couple things in common; to start the New Year on a positive note and to have fun doing it!

On this day, my three friends and I ventured together about an hour to take part in the race. Each of us had our 2012 goals fresh in our minds.

  • Don, a seasoned marathon runner, ran a personal best at the 10K. His goals include achieving personal best at various marathons this year, including the 2012 Boston Marathon.
  • John, who has been running for the past two years, ran the 5K and has his goal set on running his first half-marathon this September.
  • Chris, our newbie, ran and completed his first 5K race on this day. He achieved his goal of finishing without having to stop and walk. Way to go Chris! Hope you have more races in your future.
  • I, have my eyes set on faster 5K and 10K times, while training and completing my first half-marathon in 2012.

As you can see, even though each of us had different goals, running allows us to take part in the same activities. Lining up side by side at the starting line, we were laughing with other runners, having a great time in the cold ready to run. Check out some of our pictures at the end of this blog.

Want to start running this year?

Is this the year that you want to start running? Could this be the year that you run your first 5K, 10K or half-marathon? It could be.

If running is a part of your New Year goal, we hope to be here for you as a resource to get you stated, keep you motivated and help you reach your goals. Expect some challenges, but keep a positive mindset, picture yourself achieving your goals and you will do it.

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