My April goal was to run 5K (3.1miles) two or three times a week and do a four mile (6.4K) run on the weekend. I also wanted to keep my time under 35 minutes for 5K. Well, this plan didn’t pan out. I skipped a few runs in April because the weather was extremely unpleasant. It was unseasonably hot, windy and dusty for almost the entire month. Additionally, I struggled to stay under 36 minutes on most days.
By mid-April, I concluded that it was too hot in the afternoon and early evening to exercise outdoors, so I started getting up at 5:00 in the morning and exercising before for work. Although I prefer morning workouts I don’t like the idea of heading out the door before dark. It is still dark when I start my warm up and by the time I finish the sun is shining. However, this change didn’t have a big impact on my workouts.
In reality, the actual temperatures in April were very similar to those in March, so maybe it was the dust that slowed me down. Of course, my advancing age could also be slowing me down.
Temperatures ranged from 75° F (24°C) to 96° F (36° C). The average temperature was 88°F (31°C). This was only slightly warmer than in March.
I am a little discouraged with my running statistics for April, but May is a new month and I will continue to work on doing 5K in less than 35 minutes.
Although March was a very busy month at work I managed to stay on schedule with my training. My goal was to run 5K (3.1miles) two or three times a week and do a four mile (6.4K) run every Friday and I did this. I also recorded the temperatures before going out for my runs. On days when the temperature was above 85° F (30° C) I was tempted to stay at home, but I refused to use the weather as an excuse not to run.
Looking over the running data for March it appears that the temperature did not make a huge difference on my pace – I am pretty slow no matter what the weather conditions are. The average temperature for March was 85.7° F (30° C) and my average pace was 11:26 per mile. During the last week and a half when the mercury slipped above 90° F (32° C) I needed to walk more, but after these short walking pauses, I was able to increase my pace a little, so that my overall time remained between 35 and 36 minutes for 5K.
I know that April will be slightly hotter than March, but I am going to follow the same running schedule. Additionally, I would like to try to cover 5K in less than 35 minutes on a regular basis. This will not be easy, but I feel motivated enough to push myself a little harder to reach this goal.
In February my goal was to run at least three times a week without any pressure to meet time or distance goals. This is not easy because I tend to be competitive with myself, always trying to go a little faster or farther. So, I used the training option on my Garmin to make sure I didn’t go over 5K or 3 miles. I also allowed myself to walk when necessary. I turned off my watch as soon as I heard the alert without looking at the data. I only missed the alert once and somehow ended going a bit longer than planned.
Then for my second last run in February I decided to do an early morning run and increase the distance to four miles. The other outings are late afternoon runs after a day of work or weekend chores – grocery shopping, laundry, and housework. I didn’t look at my Garmin data until this morning to see how I did.
Overall, I seemed to be slower as the month progressed but I am very pleased with my four mile run on Friday. However, I can’t explain why my pace for my long run was considerably faster than the shorter ones. Perhaps the slower pace might have something to do with the increasing temperatures or additional work duties in the second half of the month. Additionally, the weather was much cooler so maybe I was able to go a bit faster without realizing this.
Now, I feel ready for March. I will continue with the same strategy – no time pressure, walking breaks when necessary and a 5K (3.1miles) run two or three times a week. The only difference will be a four mile (6.4K) run every Friday. I am also going to record the afternoon temperatures when I head out for my runs to see how this data impacts my pace. On the non-running days I will do 45 minutes of yoga, stretching, or swimming and if time permits I will do a brisk thirty minute walk in the evening.