I have discovered that cows, while normally sedentary, love to run. Last year was the first time I ran past a pasture of cows and noticed how they all ran with me, galloping along with my pace. Over the summer as I cycled across the country I noticed cows running alongside my bike. This past long run I stopped and filmed two calves running with me. They popped out of their barn and came and ran the length of their (somewhat small) enclosure.
Seeing stuff such as that is one of the reasons I enjoy running so much. Driving in a car you wouldn't experience this. Hardly anyone would get out of their car to go pet calves.
The view from the tops of hills are beautiful. I have begun adding in more elevation to my running. This past long run I added about 1000+ feet of vertical elevation in. I love hills. Perhaps that is a little masochistic to say, but I love them. They give you feeling of satisfaction at the top to go along with the view. Being strong going up a hill can be an amazing feeling, while feeling weak can kill morale. My theory is that I enjoy running hills because of my quad muscles I developed through biking.
I have begun practicing running downhill as well. The key I have found is that one must lean way forward and just make sure you and planting you feet directly under your hips. I bring my arms up in an angle less than ninety degrees. In addition, I make sure my shoes are nice and tight so I don't get any wobbling in the ankles or sliding of the toes. It can be hard on the knees, but with my bosu ball stands I feel my legs strengthening.
New York has been hit by snow and it is only the beginning. Running through snow, especially wet snow, puts a lot stress on the Achilles tendon. Snow runs are some of my toughest. I believe that a snow run can effectively double the effort required for a normal run. It is a whole body workout. I feel my body twisting and turning. I feel my core being worked. When I finish I feel exhausted, and I quickly hit the foam roller to roll out my calves to avoid future pain. This weekend we are getting a foot of snow, I am ready with my micro-spikes and hopefully the roads will be cleared.
Anyone have any funny or charming animal stories they obtained while running?