[I had an entire post basically written then it was deleted so this will be brief while I vent my frustrations elsewhere]
May is a challenging month to hang up the skis and get the running legs back. This year I took the winter off from running (only logged 280 miles from December - April) and my body is thanking me. Here's a look into my summer of 2017 schedule / goals.
May 28th, Redhook 5k: Realistically, I'll be lucky to break 17 minutes but my goal will be 16:45 (~5:23min/mi pace). I think I can cram a few weeks of training in to get PR leg speed but we'll see.
June 3rd, Cranmore Mountain Race: It's the US Mountain Running Championships so I'd rather participate than spectate. No expectations other than get a guaranteed hard effort in against the best of the best.
Jun 6th, Whitaker Woods Fun Run: Start of the summer series and a proven way to max out the heart rate. by the end of the summer I want to knock my PR down from 17:39 to 17:10.
June 10th, Market Square Day 10k: Last year I was able to smash my previous PR but this year I really want to break 35 minutes. Not sure this is doable but I think with better (more) workouts I'll generate the leg speed needed to run 5:30 pace.
June 17th, Mount Washington Road Race: Need to keep chipping away at my time here. The last two years the weather has been perfect which is obviously a factor. I'd like to knock another couple minutes off my time and run a 1:12. The plan is to work in a few training runs on the Auto Road to build the leg strength.
July: Work on the Pemi Loop, Presi Traverse, and Hut Traverse FKTs. I have a ton of time to knock off my PR in the Pemi but have never put in a Presi Traverse run or a standard Hut Traverse. Regardless of my times, they will all be a good excuse to get into the mountains and off the road.
August 5th, Beach to Beacon: I ran this as a recovery race last summer and would like to get a PR here. The course is beautiful and it's a big race with a lot of fast runners (last year 50th place was a 33:20 (5:22min/mi). I'll be happy to take what I can get given that I'll be focusing more on ultra distances.
August 13th, Ragged 50k: This is part of a 3-day stage race and fits in nicely with my plans.