Today was the last day in my current job and I will soon be headed in the opposite direction in a different city for my new job. For those who don't know where I live, I'm in Bedford, Va., which is pretty much in between Lynchburg and Roanoke. After a little more than 18 months of making the commute to Lynchburg, I'll soon be headed the other way on U.S. 460 to what I hope will be the last new job in a while. Anyway, since I haven't gone for a run at work in the time I've been there, I thought it would be fitting today to head up that monogrammed mountain in Lynchburg and bid farewell. It's not that I won't come to Lynchburg anymore, but it'll certainly be for different reasons than work. Unfortunately the views weren't the greatest today, as you can see below. On a clear day, you can see a lot more than this, plus the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. This just looks very BLAH.
I also struggle to use the word "mountain" for this -- it's more than a hill, but it's not quite a mountain either, at least to me. It was pretty much a mile straight up Candlers Mountain Road, then into Snowflex and then a little bit of relief before the final peak. I stopped for a few minutes to catch my breath and to take in the skewed view and then headed back down for a few more miles. Here's a look at the elevation profile:
The entire run was a good mix of road, gravel, dirt, trail and some sidewalk. About 3 miles into it, I felt some rain ... then I felt some more rain ... and then about 4 miles it was pretty steady. No problem -- I don't mind the rain at all, although it did make for two days in a row of some kind of rain. But about mile 5 it thundered. Then it thundered again. I'm not going to be out in a thunderstorm, so I ran about a mile less than I wanted to today, but I certainly am not going to complain.
The intensity of the uphill and downhill was something I haven't experienced in a while. I needed it. And with the thunderstorm, it was a very fitting way to say good-bye.