7.5 miles /57:12/ 7:38 average.
this was an afternoon run. it was slightly overcast when i left; no rain or wind to speak of. but i knew i was taking a risk when i saw the ominous storm clouds moving in over sugarhouse. it was actually quite pleasant until the last 2.5 miles. then the rain really started to come down hard. it still wasn't that bad until i hit a headwind. and by then the rain had puddled on the roads enough that i was getting splashed by all the cars. very adventurous. very, very wet.
even with the weather, i was so happy to be on this run. no trouble whatsoever from my knee, and i felt extremely well-rested. i finally broke away from the flat, mundane loops of liberty park. i incorporated some steep uphills, steep downhills, flat stretches, and gradual downhills. no problems at all on the downhill. good.
side note: in my class this morning we were on the subject of "nutrition for the athlete". i talked about how it is typical for a professional athlete to consume 3000 - 6000 calories per day. (i've heard deena kastor's intake is about 5000 during peak marathon training---couldn't tell by looking at her!) anyway, someone mentioned that their uncle is a marathon runner and that in order for marathoners to survive the race they have to consume tens of thousands of calories or they will DIE! lol. where people come up with this, i will never know. so anyway on my way home i was thinking about everything i would eat to fulfill a 10,000-calorie-a-day quota...
that's roughly 100 large bananas. no thanks. :)