Running Data – April 2015

 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 88° F (24°C) to 96° F (36° C). The average temperature was 88°F (31°C).

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.


5 responses to “Running Data – April 2015

  1. Hello Ruralrouterunner! Susan B here from your Japan days. You were a keen cyclist then. Good to see you’re still keeping fit. Gambatte!

  2. I found it so hard to exercise in Oman, and I was only walking! I couldn’t imagine running there. It will be much easier, I’m sure, when you return to Canada. 🙂 Good luck. It’s great you’re still making your running goals.

  3. Thanks for the encouragement. Two more months in this desert and then when I am back to Canada it will be easier to practice more and workout with others and hopefully then I can improve my pace.

  4. It wasn’t long ago that you were much faster than me. It will come back. I find I lose it if I don’t use it. But when I really practice, it comes back to me. Running in hot weather is a challenge. You always set very realistic goals and I admire that. See if you can find a running buddy. I run faster with friends. 🙂

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