After my super long summer holiday which I spent with my girls and family in the Czech Republic, it’s time to go back into normal routines. This was my first summer ever I kept on running 3/4 times a week despite tropical temperatures (sorry, I know apparently the summer here in the UK was not great) as you might remember I will be running the Venice Marathon next month.
So far my training has been going according to the plan, and I am slowly adding distance to my long run and also try to push myself when doing two short runs and run faster. My longest run was 18km (just over 11.1m), but I need to add more distance!
Autumn is the time of the year when we can have some lovely days full off sunshine, but also more and more rain. If you are like me and depend on the weather (hate running in rain), then you will love the Weather Perfect app developed by Sverre from Norway. Over to Sverre now:
I’m a 37 years old father, runner and software developer from Norway. I’ve run some half marathons, a marathon and one ultra marathon. You can find me at twitter.com/mrcalzone
As a father with two children, busy wife and a full time job, I sometimes struggle with finding time to run. Especially if I try to find free time that also has decent running-weather.
Being a software developer, my natural solution to this was to create an app. WeatherPerfect combines the weather forecast and your calendar, to help find the best time to run. When you add a run from the app, it is also added to your regular phone/Google-calendar. For me this means that my wife also sees that I’m planning a run, and can plan accordingly. And vice versa: I can see her appointments so I don’t plan to go running when she is busy.
When I first made the app, I concentrated on being able to avoid rain. Living in the rain-capital of Norway, this felt natural to me. To quote weather-and-climate.com: “A lot of rain (rainy season) falls in the months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.”
Since most people do not live in Norway, I realized I had to add other options. A user in the US told me that humidity was the most important factor for her. Another told me avoiding sun was her number one concern.
Now you can tell WeatherPerfect your ideal running conditions, and it will rank the next hours and days accordingly. If your thing is no humidity, no clouds and 95 degrees, you can configure that. You can also tell it to avoid other tasks in your calendar, and other customizations.
Finding time to run in a busy life can be hard. I hope WeatherPerfect can help you get more outdoor activities done. Running, walking, hiking or whatever rocks your boat.
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