Monday, May 28, 2012

Running With Bison

Last week was a crazy week. The one way that I keep things sane in my life is by sticking to a routine, it's really the only way that things get done. But last week my finely tuned plan was thrown out the window when I had to go out of town for work.

I say "have to" but heading to a breathtaking ranch in northern New Mexico to do field work is no a hardship for me. It does throw my Ironman training out of balance. No biking, no swimming and a crap foot means not much training happened early in the week.  I did get a chance to run a few miles and had one magical moment running on the dirt roads of the ranch.
The herd of bison that live on the ranch were about 100 yards off the road (this picture was not from my run but later in the day when the herd was further off the road)
With one standing in the middle of the road in front of me.
It didn't let me get very close before running off to be with the others. My foot may not have been great but I finished on a supper runners high. Being able to mix two things I am passionate about (wildlife conservation and running) made this the best run I have ever been on in my life.

I will share more later on the rest of my week, out metric Ironman on Saturday and the progress of my foot. But for now I want to stay in my happy running place in New Mexico.


  1. I miss New Mexico! And maybe your schedule went out the window for a little while but the bison totally makes up for it!

  2. Awe running with bisons sounds magical. :) Any white ones? Any wild life around is actually.

  3. Hahah, that buffalo is too cute! I see them sometimes on some road in Castle Rock. You'll get back on track with the training, it's not easy when you travel.

  4. Amazing pictures!!! :) That's a run you'll never forget!

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