Monday, February 6, 2012

Running With A Morbidly Obese Cow

"With the marathon, you don't swing for the fences on your first try. It's a race you've got to learn. It takes time to master the feeling of a marathon." ~ Keith Hanson, co-founder of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project

Monday, January 30th 2012: 6 miles @ 10:49 minutes per mile. Later that night I did 5 miles @ 9:29 minutes per mile. I don't know what happened Monday night. My body felt like Usain Bolt freakishly good and seemed to hold up to going faster (I know, "faster" is relative). Can I still keep my Runner Membership Card if a 9:29 pace feels like speedwork?

Tuesday, January 31st 2012: Rest. I am starting to really like the idea of doing two runs in a day which sets up an extra rest day. I think I will be doing this more.

Wednesday, February 1st 2012: 22 miles @ 11:58 minutes per mile. I started out by running the Gould's Rim Trail again. After my first experience with it last week I was anxious to go back and run the whole thing. Some sections are fairly technical but the scenery is amazing.

After doing an out-and-back on Gould's, I stopped at my car to refill water and eat a pack of Hostess Crumb Donettes, then finished the rest of the miles on the Jem trail. I came across a herd of cows hanging out on the side of the trail and dodged a number of their pies.

LinkThey were close enough that I was worried they would come after me which would cause me to curl up into fetal position, start crying, and sucking my thumb, but thankfully they stayed put. Heck, they didn't even moo at me. I spotted this cow that made me laugh. Tell me this is not the funniest looking, mostest morbidly obese cow you have ever seen:

In the last few miles some cloud cover rolled in and made some highly awesome lighting. Standing there on the trail watching the clouds roll over me was so pretty that I got goosebumps.

I was a little surprised how good I was feeling as the miles ticked by. The last few miles were some of my fastest. When I finished the run I was tired and sweating like a dog but still felt good. But it didn't tickle when battery acid salt was dripping into my eyes.

On the way home, the devil on my shoulder said I needed to stop at the gas station to buy a fat, ice cold Coke. I was slightly embarrassed because of my apparel. Nobody should enter a gas station wearing tights and flashy gaiters on their shoes. But a man's got to do what a man's got to do. So I stopped.

Thursday, February 2nd 2012: Rest.

Friday, February 3rd 2012: 6 miles @ 10:49 minutes per mile. My legs and feet were feeling a little sore from the long run. Plus it was dark, windy, and cold and my body was upset that I dragged it out of bed so early.

Saturday, February 4th 2012:
7 miles @ 10:55 minutes per mile. This was our first group trail run and we had lots of fun. I'll post some pictures in the next day or two.

What animals have you encountered while running?
I've seen tons of jack rabbits and cows plus a few snakes, frogs, and foxes.

What is your favorite mid-run snack?
I eat plenty of Gu, but I prefer real food. If Hostess Crumb Donettes qualify as "real food". I realize that is debatable.

Do you have soda on your list of bad habits?
Yes, I know it's not good for me but it's my one guilty pleasure. (Unless you count crumb donuts. Then I have two guilty pleasures.)


  1. Ok, that cow is ginormous!!!!! I've seen a couple of rattle snakes on runs, but that's about as scary as it's gotten....luckily!

  2. Those are some fancy gaiters! I bet you need them though. No need to be embarrassed about something useful, regardless of color! One of these days I am going to buy/make a cheetah print pair. :)

  3. That cow is hilarious. Talk about fat and happy. I have seen coyotes, javalinas, quail and snakes while running in AZ. Running in AK I saw eagles, moose, & elk/deer things and bears.

  4. This line: "Tell me this is not the funniest looking, mostest morbidly obese cow you have ever seen" literally made me snort and choke on the swallow of diet pepsi I had in my mouth at the time of reading. Just what I needed on a Monday morning. Hahaha.

  5. I replaced soda with coconut water and haven't looked back. And wow, that cow is a COW :)

  6. Great week in training Cory and those cows are definitely overweight. ha ha!! I always crave and ice cold diet coke after a hard run. :)

  7. That poor pregnant cow is probably crying that you took a picture of her looking so fat. :)

    Ice cold coke after a hard trail run = heaven on earth.

  8. That cow has some serious eating they have Weight Watchers for Cows?

    Um, there is nothing more satisifying than a freezing cold Diet Coke post long, sweaty run! Well deserved in my book!

  9. That's a pretty chubby cow...

    I would prefer to eat real food too, but I get too thirsty :-/

  10. Love that cow. Can he even walk!? Poor thing. And my guilty pleasure is Diet Coke. I give it up like a couple times a week, swearing I won't drink it anymore. This usually last a couple of hours. Sigh.

  11. bahahaha. just show the gas station peeps the pic of the cow...then all will be fine in the world :)

    and. today. i ran for 8 total minutes (spread out over an hour) at 11 minute pace. it was the hardest running has felt in a LONG time...but definitely made me feel like a runner again. so if 9:29 feels like speedwork. BOOM. proclaim your running greatness like a rock star is my philosophy ;)

  12. That cow just has to be pregnant. Seriously, how would she get obese out on that type of food - it's not like she'd be going through the Macca's drive thru.

  13. I hate eating during a run. I have a hard time swallowing. Post run I love a giant sized burger, fries, and a coke. That cow is awesome. I mostly just run into deer.

  14. Cory! I don't know what happened, but I haven't been getting your posts for a bit. Have you missed me? :) Nice work on all the running! I loved that fatty cow. He's ready to become somebody's steak! I'm to the place that I don't really care how nasty I look if I need to get a drink or something. Who am I trying to impress? Plus, I think it's impressive to be all sweaty like you've been doing something!

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