This is mainly just a quick update from the last time. After the Runescape bonus exp weekend, I'd managed to get to level 85 Agility. This gave me access to the Gnome Stronghold Advanced Agility Course, without having to recourse to Summer Pies. Since Summer Pies give 5 levels of agility, I could have gone anytime after achieving level 80, but it seemed like the odds of failing an obstacle would be too high that way. Even at 85, I was failing about half the time. There's only one obstacle that can be failed on that course, the part where you run across the big billboard sign. But after failing it just a smidgen too often, it was time to load up on Summer Pies. Grand Exchange, place an order, and now there's half a million summer pies in my bank. That should help me level up... quite a few times!
The Gnome Stronghold advanced course is pretty cool, goes quickly, and is my favorite agility course so far. I really liked Ape Atoll for a long long time, but it eventually wore out. Never really cared much for Dorgesh-kaan agility course. It was okay for a change, but too easy to get tired of. Now the Gnomes hold my favor. Really fun course. It also comes with a bonus. If you get 250 perfect laps (and they don't have to be in a row, thankfully) they give you a pair of Agile Legs. This is leg armor that reduces your total weight by 10 kg when worn. In conjunction with Boots of Lightness and Spottier Cape, it's an excellent benefit when you're running a lot.
Even better, at level 90 (or sooner with boosts) you can access the Barbarian Advanced Agility Course. I haven't tried it yet, so don't know how fun it'll be, but 250 perfect laps there will earn the Agile Top, a matching piece to go with the Agile Legs.
Last night I was grinding out laps at the Gnomes, and got the Agile Legs. Very nice reward, a great motivation to keep going, and something I'll use in other aspects of Runescape. I've got about 69k to go before getting 86 Agility. Kind of excited about the Agile Top, and thinking that maybe those Summer Pies will take me into the Barbarian Advanced course to 'get a leg up' on getting the Agile Top. After all the earlier training, it's great to have legitimately useful rewards!
The bad news... I still haven't beaten Jad. At this rate I'll never get a fire cape. Took the exp weekend off from Jad because my combat levels are all maxed, and didn't want to waste bonus exp. That's why I went up so much in Agility. But once I get level 86 Agility, it's time to face Jad again. I'm hoping to do better this time around. He's killed me too many times, I need to return the favor!