At this time of year, most people are still doggedly determined and motivated to chase down their 11th hour New Year’s Resolutions.  Resolutions are usually focused on taking the initiative to better ourselves – save money, learn more, lose weight, get into shape.  But as the early morning gym crowd wanes and you start missing the pizza delivery guy, how do you keep focused on your goals?

When it comes to running, I am a terrible self-motivator (hence the 2012 challenge).  One of the best ways to focus on training is to register for upcoming races.  There are a plethora of upcoming races in the Harrisburg area, to suit every running style and fitness level.  Here is a quick list of upcoming events:

Shiver by the River Series

Run on the second Sunday of each month (Dec-March) this popular winter race series offers a 5k or 10k option, and plenty of camaraderie to thaw the winter chill.  I will hopefully be at the February 10k

Frosty 5k

February 4 – A nice, easy 5k in the town of Lewisburg.  Be sure to check out the ice festival while you’re there!

Squirelly Twail Wun 

February 12 – Can’t wait to try out this trail half-marathon at nearby Gifford Pinchot State Park.  Great training area.  I haven’t heard of this race before, so I will be sure to write up a review.

Hyner View

April 21 – This race is a bit farther out, but it’s supposed to be a BEAST.  I’m signed up and ready to start hitting the hills at Boyd Big Tree Preserve to prepare.

If you are looking for some of the best trail races on the east coast, check out Pretzel City Sports.  I’ll be at most of their trail races this year!

Happy Training!