Friday, July 31, 2009

Horse Hill Climbing

No, this isn't about horses on the singletrack! This is about the horse field next to my house and how more than the horses use it. Sometimes I get bored riding and running the same back roads next to my house and last night was one of those nights. So to change it up, I hit the horse field. Dad keeps it nicely mowed around the perimeter and it's exactly 1/2 mile. A couple laps around that baby is one hell of workout. Why? It's field for one -- not real smooth, ankle turning divets -- a nice off-road challenge. It's hilly for a second reason. It's about a 3-4 minute climb UP the hilly sections depending which direction go. If I really want a workout, I go down the short part,and run up the long part -- the long climb takes about 6-7 minutes. And of course I have the horses to contend with. They're curious! What the heck is that person doing in OUR field. They have to come close and check things out and I'm chicken of the horses. Sometimes they run at you and I'm not so sure they are going to try to run me over. Mom and Dad get a kick out of me being afraid of them. They truly are harmless. So last night was a horse field run for about 45 minutes - a nice change up. Variety really is the spice of life!

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