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.
I was soundly chicked at parkrun on Saturday too by Emma Pallant. I couldn't even break 18 mins . Think a heavy summer of big mileage has finally caught up with me as I struggled to run the 10 miles home. Got my mountain 100k race in 11 days time, so it's hardcore taper time. Not pigging out on junk will be the hardest part.
marrows - all good on the injury front thanks. Missed mid-March to mid-May. Still not entirely sure of what caused the glute problem, and unsure whether it was a lower back issue as per the fizz. Lots of (expensive) treatment, exercises and cross-training didn't help. Total rest for three weeks did. Hmmm.
SL - yeah, always do these training jollies alone. Just take a bag with essentials and kit for all weathers. It was sunny this week, but you have to take jacket, tights, thermals etc to be safe as the conditions can change hour by hour and you don't want to be stranded up high without the right gear.
PP - would be right up your street. This is the view from the Grand Col Ferret on the Swiss/Italy border. Takes an hour to get up from the valley floor, and another hour or two to get down. But so worth it. Still can't decide whether the exhaustion of going up is better or worse than the quad pain in coming down.