Looking for some nice running routes in the Palo Alto, CA area?
You're in luck then.
Here is guide from the Stanford running team detailing quite a few running routes around the Stanford University campus / Palo Alto area.
Here is one that looks interesting, called Coyote Hill, the page's writer reports that you will experience little in the way of vehicular traffic, but will be accompanied on either side of the road by horses in their fields. It is said the horse will sometimes even run up the hill with you!
Sounds like more fun than having a coyote run up the hill with you.