Mandy asked me to wait and not start early, so I did...but then as usual was accused of being late. So I just can't win! Anyway, she was still much faster than I was and I brought up the rear like normal, so I'm not entirely sure why she wanted me to wait and run with her.
I pushed through some of the uphills and really tried to get a good pace. I only stopped at Sharose, the gate and Mother hill. I did stop as I exited the hi-country gate, but it is kind of impossible not to now that you have to physically open the door to get out.
I felt strong, but I did last time as well and was only 1 minute faster than normal. So I said to myself "if I don't get under 1:15 I'm going to be MAD!" Well, I finished and I was at 1:11!! I seriously haven't finished Shaggy Mountain that fast in years. Sad, but true. The fact that I felt good and strong through the run was amazing as well. I just couldn't have had a better run. I didn't get to really run with the group, but I can't talk and run that fast anymore anyway, so I'm quite boring to run with nowadays. So, it was good for my brain to run alone and to get a faster time and feel strong and ready for St George. I just have to convince my brain that I can still do this.