Hello hills, nice to see you again

It wasn't much, but for the first time this week I went for a run in Bedford today after work ... and I ended up tackling a street that had two big hills that I completely forgot about. I was with my dog too, and I think he also forgot what it was like to run on hills. I actually was hoping to run last night, but some heavy rain disrupted that. It was a nice change to hit these hills and I'm looking forward to more in the coming weeks to help me get back into the shape I want to be in this winter. I haven't mentioned races in a while, but the 8k in a couple of weeks in Richmond is out -- I just don't have the time with my moving/living situation or money, nor am I in shape enough to do it like I would want. I'm sure I'd be able to run it fine, but I'd be slow and I can run 5 miles somewhere else for free.

My hopes now is to do a Turkey Trot when we visit Ohio at Thanksgiving and the Bedford Christmas Classic in early December, a 5k that I did when I lived around here before. Otherwise, I don't have much focus on racing -- I'd like to just run some hills, get in shape and then focus on, I hope, the Shamrock. If I can build a good base and then start putting focus on that in mid-December, I'll be able to do what I want to do for that race ...  a PR.

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The first couple of days in my new job have gone well. As you know, I don't talk about work on here too much, but I really feel this is the right thing. It hasn't felt weird to be back in the Lynchburg area at all -- of course it's only been a couple of days and I'm without my wife and son for a few days, so my main focus has actually been to get to Friday afternoon and get back to Richmond to see them. Once they're around, it will feel "normal."