On Monday I was quickly reminded where I run everyday! It's easy to become complacent with my running. I run along the same trails on a daily basis listening to my iPod Shuffle when all of a sudden I happen to look up and see a young bull moose about 35 feet away. He's looking at me and I'm stunned and reminded of just where I am. He's got a river on one side and me on the other, so if he gets startled he's running right for me. Luckily he wasn't scared, he just stood there and stared at me!
When I ran back by about 10 minutes later he was standing on the edge of the running path. I can usually tell when a moose is a little jumpy and he looked fine, but I'm still not going to run 3 feet from a moose. I stopped about 15-20 away and watched him for a few minutes until he decided to mosey a few feet away from the trail. He was coming right at me as he was eating. He didn't seem to care that I was there, but he still looked every once in a while just to keep an eye me, as I was doing with him. Finally I ran by and everything was fine. This happens about 3 or 4 times a year.
It was a good reminder to remember that I run in the wilds of Alaska, even when I'm just yards away from the city. Give moose their space or they'll stomp you in the face (just made that up).