Walking (Mt Tennent) 1:19:52 
Mt Tennent - it's been ages. As usual I checked of my various timing points: 17:55 at Cypress LO, 31:47 at Basin, then I slowed dooooown 50:58 at T junction, 1:05:30 at Fire trail, 1:19:52. I made a surge at the end to get under hour 20 because it sounds better, just made it. Good training, legs could really feel it and I got a bit tired in places. Felt fine jogging down and no arvo sleep so guess I'm ok. Left leg is feeling it but not surprised - Mt T is big. I'll call the up a walk and the down a run. I did run all the flattish parts on way up though.
Was a bit grumpy with self that I didn't get up super early, probably because I was going on my own. I like running it on my own but the drive is dull. At the T junction a Lyrebird cheered me up. Shortly after I was passed by a couple of girls with no packs who were running rather effortlessly. One of them made a friendly and encouraging comment (I must have been running) which surprised me. Often it's just hello on mt T. I said something about the weather in return.
Soon another 2 girls passed me, also running very easily, and asked how far ahead the others were. How friendly, fast and fit they were! I was further cheered up. At the top we got into conversation and I discovered they know SwissMiss - small world - especially since 2 are from Edinburgh Uni (on a coaching exchange). Had a nice chat then I took some lovely photos for them and they promised to say Hi to Anita from me.
Chatted to a few others on way up who wanted advice about time etc. Ate my banana, almonds and a few dates and jogged most of the way down. I could feel the issues low in my left calf but tried to keep running well and symmetrically. It's too easy to favour your best foot going down all the steps.
Running 1:04:45 
From water tank down. Always love to fill up with rain water.
Dropped into Visitor Centre to use bathroom. Noticed the volunteer who welcomes people was sitting on a bench playing harmonica. That's pretty unusual, I thought. And why is that tune so hauntingly familiar? Not many tunes end on the 6th. I lurked amongst the maps until I figured it out. Well if he's going to play the theme from Betty Blue I bet he'd be thrilled that someone listened and noticed so I went up to name the song and tell him I enjoyed it.
He was pleased, told me how he'd learnt it etc, then pretty soon it all turned on me. Was my name Helen? did I volunteer in the past? Play the piano? Didn't I play ukulele at the Nat. Folk Fest? Omgosh he knew all about me! Then he named the song I played (Stewart the Half Worm - it's a bit memorable) and told me my last name. He has a good memory I suppose, or is a stalker, or I'm half-famous again...?
Anyway, interesting sunny and social day.