I'm toying with the idea of having a go at run commuting between home and work and am therefore looking for a running backpack to carry essentials such as water, spare clothes, keys, money, phone, that sort of stuff. It needs to be something lightweight that fits well and doesn't bounce around a lot and that keeps the things in it secure so they're not sloshing around if the pack isn't rammed full, and ideally not too pricy. My route would be about 8-9 miles so it needs to be comfortable and not too large / heavy.
Size-wise, I'm a 5'6" female, slim-medium build, size 12ish.
I've never run with a backpack before so would welcome some recommendations, especially from any similar sized fellow ladies out there, as I'm struggling to find any shops near me that have many options to try on. The options I have tried so far haven't been right for various reasons.
I just had my first DNF this Easter weekend....only a 5 mile race but it was my first race after being out with ITBS since January and was meant to be a test to see if I'd be ready for my club's summer league 10ks and other summer races I'd had my eye on. It was going really well, my IT band felt fine and I was on course for a really good result until 3.75 miles in when my left calf popped and 3 days later I still can't walk properly and it hurts to touch. Gutted is a bit of an understatement. I was looking forward to building on a good 2013 with even better running this year but it's all gone wrong so far and I'm incredibly disheartened about it all and daren't even enter any more races as I've already missed a few I'd entered for early spring because of the ITBS and now it looks like the calf injury will mean missing at least some of the summer league 10ks......Obviously I'll be getting treatment for my calf problem as soon as the physio can fit me in, but I'd love to hear how people have picked themselves up from similar siutations, and how to keep positive when you can't do any kind of training!
I have suffered with ITBS recently too, and I've had to miss a few races I'd entered because of it. I'd recommend you get a few sports massages in as well as what you are doing with stretching and using the foam roller - they will help to release any knots and tightness in your IT band as the therapist will dig in deeper than the roller can. Be warned though, it'll hurt like hell! Once the knots are gone and the IT band is loosened start running really short distances and gradually build up. If you get any pain at all stop and walk home. It's really not worth pushing through as you'll just be out for longer. It takes a while to get over, I'd say 4 weeks for a 1/2 might be pushing it a bit to be honest, but hope you get it sorted soon!