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It's that time of year again. It was 65 last Thursday and 30 and snowing on Friday. That can only mean one thing for me: the start of high school golf, of course. As I've watched 25+ potential members of our school's team brave the wacky Nebraska elements, I have become, shall we say, contemplative:
I've been faithful to the game of Golf for the past 33 years. Golf's been good to me and I'd like to think that I've been good to Golf. In fact, Golf has been a part of my identity for most of my life. When people who haven't seen me in awhile ask how I'm doing, the question of "How's your golf game?" always comes up. Never have I been asked, "So, have you gotten your average pace down lately?".
When I was a little Razz, I played practically every day of the summer and at least 36 holes. I was completely addicted. This isn't to say I was very good, but I loved the game. To this day, I still love the game and, contrary to popular belief, it's still my favorite sport. I won't go into the argument whether golf is a sport or not. It is. Just leave it at that.
Now that I'm older and have 2 small, adorable Razzes, my time for golf has greatly diminished. Save for high school golf in the spring, I don't get out and play 18 all that often.
When I took up Running a few years ago, I thought this would be a great way to get in shape, get out of the house and get some fresh air. Aside from the health benefits, Running is easier to fit into my day. I just lace 'em up and get my miles in. No driving to a course, no shelling out $25+ to play, no waiting for the idiots ahead of me to find their golf ball, etc. Never did I think that I would have the passion for Running like I do for Golf. And, much like my abilities in golf, I'm not that good, but I still love it.
I'm much more adept at being able to explain the advantages of a knock-down wedge than I am about VO2 Max and lactate threshold. On the flip side, there's nothing better than the sustained rush of running a 4 mile tempo run. I love the sense of accomplishment of a PR, but I still appreciate striping a 4 iron from 200 yards out and sticking it 4 feet from the pin.
Have I ever won or am I ever going to win a tournament? No. Am I ever going to win a race? No. What I do have, though, is a passion and a healthy amount of respect for both. Golf is still #1, but I would consider Running to be a very close #1b.
* Deep, philosophical lyrics from Steve Perry and the boys, no?