December, the end of Autumn and trail running previous and well known trails 2018.12.1/2/6
December has arrived and the weather has so far been still pleasantly warm. Surprisingly there have still been some beautiful views of Autumn leaves to find so I took the girls to Mt. Homan to take advantage of them I have shared some of the best shots from the day below.
The end of Autumn 2018 at Mt. Homan
Trail running Tenpaizan and Shioji 2018/12/2 & 6
I have also started a new twist to the hiking, trail running. Popular in the UK as fell running or else where as hill running or trail running Fukuoka's fairly small mountains and accessible courses lend themselves well to the sport. I have gotten to know some of the courses well which has made running them all the more satisfying. The hazards such as rocks, branches, steep drops and slippery leaves become unique challenges which you end up committing to muscle memory as well as actively (and quickly!) accessing with every fall of your feet. This site has some good info for trail running in Japan Trail running in Japan
Gear: You can't use hiking boots for trail running. I have been using my standard asics walking trainers. But ideally you want to get yourself a pair of trail running shoes as they will provide better grip and more cushioning. You can get plenty of cheap products on the internet or spend a fortune if you want the best money can buy. Aside from the shoes you need a lightweight tight fitting backpack with multiple straps, some models even have water bottles built in. You also should dress light sports clothes are best as you will get a lot warmer than with regular hiking. I have the following websites useful for looking up gear and getting an ideas of the pros and cons for products Switch back travel
Below are the pictures I took over two days of trail running.