Thanks all. Refocus on autumn marathon. After the disappointment of last spring's injury hit campaign I still haven't done a road marathon this year. Florence in November is the new A target with Abo as a prep training run. Big summer mileage plus last week's 17:02 parkrun should be a decent base to work off.
Tmoth - hope your sister had a good race. Afraid I had a disaster and a DNF. The first climb was brutal (took 1h50) and was really dehydrated by the summit. Then started cramping (only 20k or so into the race). Tried to get back on track and made something of a recovery over the next couple of hours. But on the next big climb I was cramping and vomiting, and going super slow. Made the decision to quit almost straight away at the summit and basically jogged/walked the two hours to La Fouly, and into the "abandons" tent. Had no interest in just finishing in a slow time. Got enough finishers' jackets from previous UTMB races.
Tail between the legs today. Months of training counted for nothing. I was two hours quicker over the same bit of the course three weeks ago unsupported (having already run 13 hours the day before). Back to the drawing board.
Cheers Tmoth - heading out tomorrow & getting excited already. Got some concerns about a big blister on my sole which hasn't gone away, and undecided on shoe choice still. But otherwise couldn't have done more over the past few months. Good luck to your sister.
Not quite PP territory but a pleasing parkrun today despite a late arriving Marders whizzing past me at 1k and leaving me a solo run for 2nd. Without pushing too hard I got my second quickest parkrun time in 92 attempts in 17:02 and first time ever over 80% age graded in any race. Suppose that makes it my best ever run! Doesn't seem quite right to me, but good confidence builder before the target 100k on Friday.
Needless to say Marders broke the course record despite starting late!
Bainspj - backpacks have come a long way since 1990. Particularly in the past six or seven years with the growth of trail running. There are so many good bags in all sizes and price ranges which sit comfortably, don't bounce around, and have all the pockets, pouches, hydration systems etc you could possibly imagine.
Likey's is a good place to start (give 'em a call for advice if required). I've got about half a dozen running backpacks for various needs, but Quechua and Raidlight brands (French) work best for me. There are some really good North Face, Ultra Aspire and Salomon bags on the market too. If you can get to an outdoors type shop to try some on, it will be time well invested.