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.
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.