Tuesday, June 26, 2007

And now for something completely different


Last Saturday I joined a large (16) group for a trail run. The idea was to run from Hakone-Yumato to Gotemba. I really didn't have time for the full version, so together with a couple of other pikers ran (and I use that word very loosely) out for a couple of hours to the top of some peak or other then turned around and came back to where we started and had a bath in a hot spring and bento (lunchbox) beside the river. The trail was bloody rugged in places and even though we we out for almost three hours, we only logged about 15 km. Prior to turning around we probably lost 30 minutes waiting for the back-markers, which, considering I was only out for an abridged version, I found a bit frustrating. Still, it was bloody nice to get out of the city and into the bush for a few hours. Thanks to Shoji-san for organizing the run.

(photos from Shoji-san's blog)


Clairie said...

Wow what a suprise...a post about running! :)

It looks gorgeous and I agree how lovely it would have been to get away from the city to something as lovely and tranquil as in the photos.

3 hours on your feet is still 3 hours on your feet! Great effort.

Tesso said...

Wow, looks absolutely beautiful. One could almost think about converting to trail running. Almost.

Ewen said...

You can train for 6' in Japan! That top photo is just like the descent of Nellie's Glen :)