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Golfing: Southwood 2014-03-22

Another golf post! Judging from my free time as of late, there may not be much else posted here for a bit. Anyhoo…

This round we actually played a game called Wolf (or possible Lone Wolf) to make things a little more interesting. Basically, the 4th person in the order is the “wolf” (the order rotates each hole). After each player hits, the wolf decides if they would like to team up with said player or pass. If they pass on all three, they are the “lone wolf” and are playing against everyone else. If they chose a teammate, then it is 2-on-2. There are 3 points to split per hole, so if there are teams, winner gets 1.5 points. If you go lone wolf and win, you get 3 points though if you lose, each of the other players get 1 point. Given my last few rounds, I was given a 2 stroke handicap per hole (1 on par 3) and Brian was given a 1 stroke. This evened out the playing field enough to keep things interesting. Since this was a more rigid ruleset, each player was limited to 1 mulligan per 9 holes (far less than I had utilized in past rounds).

I think I came in 3rd with regard to the Wolf, but overall I was pretty pleased with my performance. I only lost 2 balls, and I consider my score to be improved given the lack of mulligans. Here’s hoping I can keep getting out consistently now that Brian has moved and I can continue to improve!

Additional side note, I shot my first par since I have been getting back into playing. I hit a terrible first shot on a 17 (a par 3), but had a great chip that put me right next to the hole. Good stuff!

Front 9

Front 9

Back 8

Back 9

Golfing: Southwood 2014-02-08

I got back out on the golf course again, and I think it may have actually gone worse than last time! At this stage in my game, I should probably start keeping track of balls lost and mulligans because those stats are still the most relevant to how my game has been going. I definitely had plenty of both this time (though I spent a lot less time in sand traps), but I still managed to squeeze out some fun 😉 Hopefully I can get out to the range a few times before my next round and actually make an improvement! I actually was slightly better on the front nine, but I completely lost it on 12 and 18 of the back nine, which really killed me. Mayhaps I should also get some new balls since I have literally been knocking the color off the ones I have been playing recently 😉

Front Nine

Front Nine

Back Nine

Back Nine

2-1-1 Big Bend 5K

Our first family 5k! MC and I have been getting back into running, but the 5k distance was still a little bit of a jump (some of our most recent training runs were a little over 2 miles). We decided to do it because it was so close to us, and we were definitely not going to try to break any records (if not for training, but for pushing a stroller!). It was overcast, but a pretty good temperature, and overall, things went pretty well. When we opened the flap of the stroller to hand Ruby her snacks, she thought she was getting out. This caused a little fuss around mile 2, but she soon was back to being a good little passenger.

Getting geared up

Getting geared up

My beautiful wife pushing my beautiful baby

My beautiful wife pushing my beautiful baby

5k finishers!

5k finishers!

All-in-all, it was great to get back out into the 5k scene. It was also super fun to be able to do it all together as a family! As we start doing more runs with her, I think Ruby will become an even better passenger and I see lots of races in our future 🙂

38:07

MC – 38:06

Golfing: Southwood

A couple of my buddies have become pretty consistent golfers as of late, which has spurned me to get back into the game myself.  I played some when I was in middle/high school, then had a long hiatus, then played for a few months leading up to my buddy Adam’s wedding, then another hiatus until recently. I never played consistently enough to really become any good, but I thought it would be kinda fun to chronicle my attempt to make a decent golfer out of myself.

I’ve played with a few different apps, but I think I have settled on the Swing by Swing app for tracking everything. Occasionally, I will check it for yardage and such, but for now I am mostly using it as a scorecard to keep track of my basic stats. Hopefully, I will stick with this long enough to start seeing some interesting results! This past weekend, I played a round at the Southwood Golf Club, and it went as follows.

Back Nine

Front Nine

Back Nine

Back Nine

Since I was just trying out the app for the first time, I didn’t include stats about penalty strokes, bunkers, etc. I don’t know if I will ever be interested enough to track every single thing. It might be a bit interesting if I started tracking mulligans though. 😉 I’m still at the level where the primary stat I am interested in is how many balls I have lost. Luckily, I think it was only 2 this round! haha.

Overall, I was fairly happy with the round. I am still terribly inconsistent in general, and I have a lot to learn about club selection. It said my average was 2.11 putts per hole, which I will take. I was especially proud of my chip-in on hole 10!

Anyway, I thought this might be interesting to post on here (at least more interesting than posting nothing at all!), so mayhaps I will keep going with it. Hopefully, there will also be some more race posts in the very near future! 😉

Shamrock Scurry 5k

This race was about a month after we found out Maricruz was pregnant and, luckily, my parents came down the same weekend! Since I have been in Tallahassee, Mom and I haven’t been able to run many races so it is always fun when we can coordinate for one. As Maricruz was dealing with her share of morning sickness (“like feeling hungover every day without getting to drink the night before” as she described it) she decided to do the 1 mile fun run/walk. I decided it would be fun to do that with her, then follow it with the 5k with Mom and Dad. Unfortunately, I have been a total slackass and am writing this post about 6 months after the actual race so I don’t actually remember a lot of specifics about race day. I DO remember that we were about the only ones without kids in the 1 mile race (though we DID have one in utero hehe), and the 5k course had a decent hill profile. They also had a big pancake breakfast prepared and was a pretty well-organized race. It was also definitely an awesome race shirt as it was St. Patty’s themed as well. 🙂

1 mile

13:59

MC – 13:59

5k

31:48

Mom – 31:49

Dad – 39:58

Flash 6k

This was my first 6k (as far as I remember).  Since we are still taking it easy, especially since Maricruz has been having some knee issues after snowboarding, this was a fairly relaxed race with walk breaks.  One thing I will definitely note is that bug spray is a must for this race.  Maricruz and Julia didn’t seem to have an issue, but I had no less than 10 bug bites before I even got to the starting line.  Everything felt pretty good and it was a nice, flat little race!

43:17

MC – 43:15

Run for the Kids Virtual 5k

This was a pretty cool idea that my mom notified us of.  The Run for the Kids people organized a virtual 5k.  So we signed up and they sent us both shirts and numbers that we were supposed to used when we ran on Valentine’s Day! I’m sure that anyone that saw us were a bit confused, but it was a pretty cool idea. Just did the familiar route near us and had a good start to our Valentine’s day!

34:34

MC – 34:34

Bowlegs 5k

Nice to get back into the groove of the race scene!  We have been running pretty consistently as of late, so I was ready to start running some races again.  Knowing races are coming up are always a good motivator for keeping with the exercise! It went fairly well, though MC had to keep reigning me in because I just kept speeding up for some reason.  As I have a lot of holiday weight I am just in the beginning of getting rid of, I would have very likely struggled towards the end had I been left to my own devices. 😉 Altogether, it was a pretty good first race of 2012!

It was also my first run trying out the RunKeeper Android app.  I didn’t look through the settings so it turned out she was pretty chatty during the run, but nothing too intrusive.  Below is the snapshot from the site. Always fun to try something new!

32:49

MC – 32:49

 

Bowlegs 5k

So I am a little late in posting this, but better late than never, yes? We are both just getting back into the race scene so we weren’t going for a PR or anything.  Had a good run and, as far as I remember, we only had one walk break on a long hill after mile 2.  Always nice to have a change of scenery and look forward to more races!

 

32:49

MC – 32:49

Red Cross Hurricane Run 5k

We are still getting back into the running scene, and this looked like a good Labor Day race for us to try out.  We got a little excited the night before with our mimosas/beermosas, so we were definitely not 100% for the race.  My advisor’s wife Marie joined us for the first time and gave Julia a running buddy since there was no way MC and I were going to keep up.  We took a few walk breaks and weren’t really going for a time.  It was just a fun run with my wife and we enjoyed not getting rained on (it looked pretty threatening).  It was also cool to run around our new neighborhood for a race instead of having to drive across town.  Hopefully, we’ll be better prepared for the next one and get back into working on our times.  I want to hit a PR this season! 🙂

34:44

MC – 34:43

Julia – 28:02

Marie – 28:10