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.