The Ibusuki Marathon was still feel-able in the leg muscles...
but we (Noriko and jaap) accepted with pleasure the invitation to join some
Trail Running. The Bonus would be a frozen waterfall near the top of mount Homan (near Fukuoka), afterwards a good soak in a hot spring
and a New Year's Party.
Oops, they said Trail Running?
That's different from a jog on tar seal.
Trail Runners like to Do It Up and Down....
So far looking good...
Is it going to be like this all the way??
Any way, it was more or less a steep go-go-hike-climb
to the frozen Waterfall.
Close up. Pretty and cold.
As you can see, we were not the only ones.
It is interesting to watch all the colorful outfits.
Ha, and the difference between Hikers and Runners..
Oh yes, Trail Runners go the same track as Hikers, but they like to do it with less junk on their back ;-)
From the waterfall on, it was serious running, mostly along the mountain ridge...with snow left and right.
Sorry, no pictures as the Going was Fast.
At the top most top of Mt Homan...hmmm, a scene from Lion King?
Here is Noriko consulting Mr Kohtake and Mr Sato.
Both are veteran Ultra Marathon Runners, e.g. they did
the Mont Blanc Ultra Marathon (166K) and
(that 4200 meter mountain i climbed in 2009 while Alishan was in Borneo)
Going down was Fast and Fun, even at these stone steps.
Mr Kohtake showing his skills (red jacket).
Trail Running is not only go-go-going,
Here Noriko and Mari are enjoying a sip of Mt Homan's tasteful water.
We made it all the way to the bottom...just to discover that
Mr Kohtake had taken us to a "wrong exit"...
So Up we went again;-)
Three and a half hours later....
Indeed, it was good fun.
And oh yes, the bath was nice but the party even better.
But Boy...it was a calorie gainer...