Training Tuesdays: reflections on a year without any real running

I sometimes cannot believe that it’s been a year and a half since my injury. At first, I tried to get right back into the rhythm of regular running, determined not to lose an ounce of fitness.  I realized, though not as quickly as I should have, that jumping back into running was doing my injury no good. I pulled back on my running a little bit, then a little bit more, then even more than that.

Now, a year and a half later, I’m reflecting on a year of negligible running. I went from consistently running 10-15 km, 3-4 times per week to training for an ultra marathon to going weeks on end with no running at all.  My longest run since last October? 7 kilometres.  Even that distance is a…distant (pun intended) memory. I used to so firmly believe all these (mostly irrational or untrue) things about running that my running and exercise routines were bordering on obsessive. On the other side of my injury, I can see how my overly rigid views about running weren’t always healthy. For instance:

1. Running is the only way to stay fit: Sure, my cardiovascular fitness and endurance are a far cry from what they used to be, but it doesn’t mean I’m not still fit. I was just incredibly super fit back then. What I am now is hella strong. Just the other day I did tricep dips for the first time in about a year (my trainer and I never do tricep dips, but trust me when I say she gets my arms working), and they were so easy. I remember that I used to struggle to do five. So yeah, maybe I can’t run a 10k anymore, but I can rock multiple sets of tricep pushups, deadlift 110 lbs, run with 90 lbs on the prowler, and do negative pull ups  That’s something.

2. I’ll get fat if I can’t run: I’ll be brutally honest and admit that my running obsession started out mostly as an attempt to counterbalance my serious sweet tooth.  I always thought if I didn’t run, I’d have to cut out any and all sugar. Well, I eat way less restrictively than I used to, never run and, though I don’t know the exact number, I don’t believe I’ve gained anymore than 10 lbs. And you know what? I’m happier not obsessing over running an extra 5 km several times per week just to keep that 10 lbs off.

3. I have to run for a long time to see running’s benefits: I used to plan my days around my workouts and runs, sometimes fearing I was bordering on obsessive. If I didn’t run for at least an hour, I didn’t feel like I’d had a good enough workout. Well, the tides have changed. Now, 45 minutes of non-running is a good workout day for me. I workout less, have more flexibility in my daily schedule, and I don’t feel any worse for it.

I’ve said before that I sometimes struggle with the fact that I may never run distance again, but honestly I think those moments of struggle just reflect remnants of my old ways of thinking about fitness. The reality is that my SI is way more stable since I’ve stopped running. I’d probably be happy getting back to one or two short runs a week, and that’s more because I like to exercise outside than anything else. If I never run an ultra, never run half marathons or, hell, even if I never run a 10k again, I think I’m going to be just fine.

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TWIR #78: test run

We are in our new ‘hood and there are parks galore around us and I couldn’t resist attempting a bit of running. When I say “a bit” of running, I really mean it. It’s now been so long since I ran that I’m actually not physically capable of anything more than a bit of running. Sigh. At any rate, so far the body is holding up okay. Fingers crossed that it lasts. We’ve also been going for daily post-work walks, which is lovely now that I get home from work at a reasonable time, and good for a bit of extra movement every day. While they are certainly not workouts, every little bit counts and I feel far better for it…although I was questioning our commitment to daily walks the day that I tripped over a very large and very dead rat on the sidewalk. Yikes! Good thing I’m not afraid of rodents! This seems like a great time to transition to the week’s workouts, doesn’t it? No one wants to talk about dead rats.

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: moving day!
Observations: There was nothing restful about this day. We moved all our temporary belongings, of which there were many, and many of which were very heavy, from upstairs to downstairs. Then we loaded them into our cars. Then we unloaded them into our new place. There were a lot of heavy things carried multiple times. There was also last minute house-cleaning , new house unpacking, and then the mad rush to get ready for a wedding that evening. Needless to say we were exhausted. We left the wedding at 10 pm, an unacceptable hour at which to leave a wedding, but trust me when I say I was ready to roll a good hour before that. So yeah, not a real rest day in my books.

Sunday
Activity: pitch and putt course
Relevant Stats: 3 hours (!!!!) of slow ass golf
Observations: We walked our new ‘hood and discovered way too many tasty temptations. I’d like to say that the walk and world’s slowest round of golf worked off the giant dulce de leche donut I consumed, but I know it didn’t. Still, it felt like an active day and after Saturday’s balls to the wall activity level, a bit of a legit rest day was in order.

Monday
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: I must’ve been working hard on the spin bike because a personal trainer came up to me to tell me so, and then asked if I needed help training for anything. I resisted the urge to tell him if a year with my actual personal trainer didn’t have me running ready, I doubted he would be able to. All in all, it was a short but decent workout. I’m starting to forget what one hour cardio workouts feel like. I’m sure one would kill me now, anyway.

Tuesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: She had me towing the damn sled with weights again. Ugh. I have to tell you, I was excited for this session because it was my first where I didn’t have to get up at 5 am to make it there. I thought I was going to feel fantastic. I did not. My best guess is that the 45 minute drive I used to make allotted sufficient time to wake up, plus I used to down an entire travel mug of coffee before the workout. I had neither of these things for this week’s session and I felt sluggish and exhausted the entire time.

Wednesday
Activity: spin + elliptical + strength
Relevant Stats: 35 or 40 minutes
Observations: This was by far my worst workout of the week. I had high hopes because it was my last work day for the week and I thought my pre-vacation happiness would bolster my workout. Nope. I was trying to check in for flights when I first got on the spin bike and let’s just say I was having issues and, as I am wont to do, I got supremely frustrated beyond the point that anyone should over checking in for flights. I had no patience for spinning, and then no patience for the elliptical. Only when I was back squatting out of my rage was I happy with my workout.

Thursday
Activity: new neighborhood park workout!!!!!! And RUNNING intervals!!!!!!!
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: I love, love, love my new neighborhood and its proximity to a park that has a running track and good concrete blocks for all sorts of interval workout exercises. Plus it’s now brisk in the mornings so I don’t feel like I’m going to die from the heat. The best part, though, was that I RAN to the park (calm down, it’s maybe 500 m from my house), and then RAN laps in between walking lunges, push ups and other sets of exercises. You have no idea how happy I was. It was a legitimately great workout, but I was also ecstatic to be working out outside. Now I just have to survive the next few days without an SI setback…

Friday:
Activity: semi-planned rest day
Relevant Stats: ugh.
Observations: I have learned that planning a workout on the first day of a trip, no matter how short, is often just a pipe dream. After two hours of sleep and waking up feeling like a cold may have descended on me, I gave up on any hope of a workout.

There we have it, another week of workouts down and another weekend ahead. Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians out there! We’ll be wandering the streets of Toronto and meeting my baby nephew for the first time. My goal is to fit in some travel workouts, too, which is infinitely more challenging now that running isn’t a great option for me. Wish me luck!

TWIR #77: if it’s not one thing, it’s another

I can’t tell if my SI is actually better this week or if it’s just been overshadowed by a really, really annoying neck issue that cropped up after my personal training session. Either way, I’m left wondering if my body has just reached the age at which it is going to experience constant problems like this. I feel too young for that so my preference is to believe that I’ve just been cursed with a body that doesn’t want to get back into alignment this year. With that upbeat preface out of the way, let’s see what this week’s workouts had to offer.

Saturday
Activity: hike(ish)
Relevant Stats: 4.4 km return
Observations: My SI was killing me all morning and I had no idea whether a short and steep hike would help or hinder the situation. It turns out that it helped my SI, but did not help my productivity. I had been a packing machine all morning before I left, but upon returning home was able to accomplish nothing other than eating chips and watching This is Us (by the way, totally don’t get what all the fuss is about on that one…).

Sunday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: Still afraid to visit my local gym, I opted for an at-home strength workout. While some may say that can’t be a good workout, I assure you it can be. I don’t even have any heavy weights at home but I find that increasing reps per set and the number of sets leads to just as effective a workout as at the gym. Bonus of at-home workouts: watching Definitely, Maybe in the background. Who doesn’t love a cheesy Ryan Reynolds movie?

Monday
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: unknown time
Observations: Sometimes I think “I’ll remember how long I worked out for by the time I write my post at the end of the week”, and then I realize that I give my memory way too much credit. I do not remember. I am not even 100% sure that I was on the spin bike, but I know I didn’t run and I know I didn’t do strength training three days in a row, so by process of elimination I am left to deduce that I spun.

Tuesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: This was the beginning and the end for my neck. I don’t know whether the culprit was multiple sets of negative pull ups after weeks, maybe even months, of not doing them, or whether it was the stress of trying to keep my hands and legs in sync while doing backwards bear crawls. Let’s be honest: in any given training session there are a plethora of exercises for which my feeble body might try to overcompensate with random muscles, yes even including neck muscles. The only good thing about this week’s session was that I did not have to tow any weights behind me.

Wednesday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: avoided all snow in Edmonton
Observations: I had to take a quick trip to Edmonton for work, and not packing gym gear made for my smallest carryon bag yet. Even I was impressed! But that’s not the point. The point is that it snowed on Monday and was set to snow Wednesday evening, and I somehow perfectly timed my trip between winter conditions. I actually like snow, but I stand firmly in the camp of September being TOO SOON for it.

Thursday
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: This was not a good workout. My legs and lungs had nothing to give. Maybe it was the fact that I woke up at 4:41 and had trouble falling back asleep. Maybe it was the wine on Wednesday night. Maybe it was just my general state of crabbiness and malaise. Whatever the cause, I did not enjoy the experience and couldn’t wait to get off the damn bike, thus only spinning for 35 minutes. Am I great at making excuses for my lack of exercise motivation or what?

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: Good God, pushing that prowler will be the death of me. I couldn’t find any 35 lb weights to put on the prowler today, so I went with the 45 lb weights. Let’s just say that trying to run with 90 lbs loaded onto a prowler is harder than I thought it would be.  These legs are gonna hurt tomorrow. All in all, though, today’s workout was an outstanding rebound from yesterday. I’m finding, once again, that my strength workouts are great lately while my cardio workouts are abysmal, which probably means I really should be focused more on rebuilding my cardio fitness. But I likely won’t, because who really likes doing what they “should” be doing.

That’s another week of workouts under my belt and a weekend of packing to look forward to. Yes, that was sarcasm. Happy weekend, and here’s hoping that I don’t somehow injure another part of my body attempting to push boxes of heavy kitchen gadgets out of the way. Seriously, I have a lot of kitchen gadgets and they are hella heavy.

TWIR #76: pain, pain, go away

You know what I am tired of? I am tired of my trainer telling me that my range of motion and mobility look great while still experiencing daily pain. Thus, I have titled today’s post: pain, pain go away. I’ve had constant low grade pain and stiffness for weeks and I’m over it. Ahhh, that felt good to vent. Thank you for listening. Let’s see what I got up to that evidently has not helped my SI improve.

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: low energy care of the (much needed but still annoying) rain
Observations: I accomplished nothing other than visiting friends, eating tacos, watching two other people carry a very heavy cabinet down our stairs, and then sharing not one, but two bottles of wine. As you can see, it was a very productive day. Wait, I also packed three boxes of glassware from the aforementioned cabinet. Anyone who’s packed a cabinet full of fancy glasses knows it’s a giant pain in the ass.

Sunday
Activity: 9-hole round of golf + 8 km walk
Relevant Stats: bested my best score…by 1
Observations: Despite hitting almost no good tee shots, I somehow managed to beat my best score. I should have been two better, but the putting gods were not on my side. I was robbed. Robbed!  My biggest accomplishment was not ordering gelato at the tail end of our long walk. It took considerable willpower, and I am still not sure I made the right choice.

Monday 
Activity:  spin
Relevant Stats: 42 minutes
Observations:  I was shooting daggers at the dude who was lazily pedalling on the one good spin bike when I first arrived at the gym. Thankfully, after dealing with 8 minutes on one of the shitty bikes, he got off to use the elliptical (just as lazily, I might add) and I was able to snag the good bike. A solid spin workout ensued and I felt optimistic about the rest of the week.

Tuesday 
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: Once again my trainer informed me that everything with my form and range of motion is looking good. And, also once again, by the end of the day on Tuesday my back and SI were stiff as hell.  Just so I don’t appear to always be complaining (which, let’s be honest, I pretty much am), I’ll share a positive: I’m getting really damn good at towing weights while doing walking lunges. It’s not a helpful skill in life, but I excel at it.

Wednesday 
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 30 min.
Observations:  Although the workout was only thirty minutes, it was incredibly intense compared to a lot of my spin workouts. I was really sore and stiff all of Wednesday morning and, truth be told, I was going to skip my workout entirely. The real motivator was the desire to get out of the office for a while and I’m glad I did. Once I got pedalling, I was in top form and felt good about the brief workout.

Thursday 
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: I killed it in this workout. I added 20 more pounds to the prowler and, though it nearly killed me, I forced myself to run while pushing it. I also decided to give negative pull ups a try for the first time in weeks. I was amazed that I could still do one, although I admit I couldn’t lower myself as slowly as I used to. Still, by the end of the workout I was exhausted and drenched in sweat. I consider that a win.

Friday
Activity: semi-planned rest day
Relevant Stats: SI stiffness to the max
Observations: After yesterday’s workout, my glutes and lower back were tight and my SI was aching. I also noticed my arms were sore and couldn’t figure out why until I remembered the dreaded negative pull ups. Damn you! Because I still can’t run, and was working from home today, I felt my options for a workout were limited. I’ve been afraid to go to the gym location near my house because I actually think my membership has expired.  Last year, the downtown location let me scan in for well over a month on an expired membership but then the pesky local gym called me on it and forced me to renew on the spot. Ever since I began to worry that my membership has expired again, I’ve decided to avoid my local gym like the plague. I know it sounds unethical, and probably is, but a) I’m moving soon and will need to join a different gym anyway b) I pay an ungodly amount of money for an annual membership and c) I’m not actually sure if my membership is expired, I’m just afraid to ask. That was a really long-winded way of saying that I didn’t end up working out today. Given my soreness, it was probably the right choice.

After an unplanned rest day, I’m going to test whether hiking a short but steep trail is a good or bad idea for my SI.  If it’s good, I’ll be having celebratory wine with friends later in the day as a reward. If it’s bad, I’ll have drink-to-forget-the-pain wine with friends later in the day. That’s contingency planning at its best, if you ask me. Happy weekend!

TWIR #75: still fighting the SI battle

Another week has passed and the SI is still not stable enough for me to run. If I’m truly honest, I don’t miss running. I’ve never loved running.  But I do miss the ability to run, and the fitness that comes with it, and not being able to run makes me fear I’ll never be fit again. Of course, I understand that this isn’t actually true, yet it’s how my glass-half-empty little brain works sometimes. With that whining out of the way, here’s what the week’s workouts held:

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: poolside cider consumption: 3
Observations: Ahhhhh, rest days are glorious when they are spent basking under the searing sun, shellacked in layers of sunscreen, and holding a cold cider in your hand (or two…or maybe three…but not all at once, because I’m somewhat civilized). We made it the campground mid-afternoon and proceeded immediately to the pool for lounging and I accomplished no activity except hoisting a drink to my mouth occasionally and then consuming grilled meats and birthday cake before falling asleep at the ungodly hour of 8:30 pm.

Sunday
Activity: hike!
Relevant Stats: 6.5-7 km return
Observations: I haven’t been to Mount Baker in two years and, the second we arrived, I wondered how I’d managed to stay away for so long. It is truly one of my favourite places in the coastal mountains. We hiked a short but ultra scenic trail (also in the blazing sunshine) and enjoyed epic, sweeping views before the smoke rolled in. Also, man am I out of hiking shape!

Monday
Activity: golf!
Relevant Stats: 9-holes, all poorly played
Observations: Okay, okay, I know golf isn’t a workout, but carrying your own golf bag in the blazing heat does make you hot and sweaty as hell. Plus walking uphill with that thing is no joke. My game sucked. It all fell apart when some chick on the second hole totally stole my ball. Granted, my ball had rolled from my fairway into hers, but still I know she just wanted its hot pick-ness. I was not impressed and I swear it’s why the rest of my game suffered, and not at all because I suck.

Tuesday
Activity: golf!
Relevant Stats: a full 18 holes!!!!!
Observations: Somehow it was determined (not by me, I assure you), that I was “ready” to play a full 18-hole course, first thing in the morning and on a weekday when we could be relatively sure we wouldn’t be paired up with actual golfers. I picked up my ball on a few holes so as not to hold up the group behind us, but I consider it a major accomplishment to have been 3-4 shots over par on the holes I actually did play start to finish. It was tiring playing a full round, but my boyfriend bought me a cookie halfway through and I always respond well to treat bribes.

Wednesday 
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: I sometimes wonder if my trainer will ever have me stop towing things like a work horse. Seriously, every week she seems to add yet another exercise in which I have a bunch of weight chained to me while I walk, run, lunge or crawl. It’s beginning to be a bit much. On the plus side, and despite my SI being a giant pain in my ass (well, tailbone actually), she assures me my mobility and form look great.  The best part of my session, though, was the very end when she told me we’d done a lot of loading and not to run the next day. I had no intention of running but being ordered not to run feels good.

Thursday 
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 30 min.
Observations: I really wanted to have a good workout, but I slept terribly the night before and then decided to get up super early to fit in a good gym workout. Instead, I managed a half hour then got to work ridiculously early. Also, I was asleep before 9 pm. Early mornings are so not my thing. I am sort of used to them by now, but I still despise them.

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: Much like last Friday’s solo strength training session, I know this looks like a short workout but I promise you it was brutally tough. I forced myself to use the prowler again, even the heinous arm-only pushes which left my arms feeling like jello. There was also a lot of single leg step ups and squats that will likely leave me with tender glutes tomorrow. It felt good and I quit just as my SI was starting to send me its telltale warning signals.

Now, it is Friday yet again and I have to say I like this three-day work week thing. If only my employer would go for that deal…Happy weekend to all and to all a good night.

TWIR #74: sneaky SI

I had a good weekend and a great training session this week and it all fooled me into thinking my SI was back to its stable self. Well, it was not, hence the title “sneaky SI”. I always find it frustrating when my SI decides to get all moody and unstable, and this week was no different as you’ll see. Without further adieu, let’s do this!

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: new cider destination located
Observations: For a rest day, I fit in a decent amount of activity. We did a long beach walk and a driving range session (another consistent round of straight shots!). And we spontaneously visited a nearby cidery where we discovered some not-too-bad ciders to quench our summer thirst.  The day proved to be too much excitement for someone in my household (and that someone, for once, wasn’t me), who ended up dead to the world by 8 pm. We live a wild life.

Sunday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: 9 holes of golf
Observations: If you want to know what will kill your motivation for a remotely substantial workout, it is Sunday brunch. After a brie and mushroom eggs benedict, no real cardio was ever going to happen. Instead, I vegged aimlessly until finally I declared “I want to golf!”. It’s not a workout, but I did have to carry my own golf bag and it was 32 degrees outside, so a significant amount of sweat occurred.

Monday
Activity: row + spin
Relevant Stats: 5 min. row + 2 lacklustre shoulder exercises + 3o min. spin
Observations: They took away one of the spin bikes in the cardio area, so I was less than pleased when I discovered the sole remaining bike in use. I decided to give the rowing machine a try, hoping that whoever was on the bike was near the end of her workout. After five minutes of rowing, I remembered that I despise rowing. I decided to go for a strength workout instead. Two exercises into my set, during which I was watching the spin bike like a hawk, the bike became available. I finished my morning with a measly half hour on the bike and called it a day.

Tuesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: I found my new least favourite exercise: pushing the prowler only using my arms. Just when I think my arms are getting stronger…Other than that, I felt like I was back in fine form. My weighted squats were good. My push ups were good. My single leg dead lifts and sumo deadlifts were good. My hips were hinging properly. All seemed right with the world until…

Wednesday
Activity: run FAIL + spin
Relevant Stats: 2 km run + 2 km walk back to the gym + 15 min. spin
Observations: …this run. I started out feeling okay but by 1 km in, I wasn’t so sure if running was a good idea. Around 1.5 km in, I was certain it wasn’t a good idea. By 2 km I had enough twinges and tension occurring around my SI that I knew I had to call it a day. It was doubly frustrating and annoying because I had to waste most of my remaining workout time walking back to the gym. Sneaky SI strikes again.

Thursday 
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 42 min.
Observations: I know, you’re probably thinking ‘why 42 minutes?’. Well, I was in a good rhythm at 40 minutes and didn’t want to stop, but by 42 minutes I knew I’d had a good enough workout. I did sprints and massive hill climbs and standing hovers and everything else in between and there was no backing off or slacking off in this workout and 42 minutes was enough. Trust me, this workout was legit.

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 50 min.
Observations: I killed it in this workout, even though my SI was unhappy with any single-legged activities, particularly step ups and side step ups. But I still rocked the prowler. Determined not to appear like a sissy next time I’m with my trainer, I decided to try the old arm-only prowler push from Tuesday’s session. The only problem: the track at my gym is twice as long as the one at my training studio, and I fear appearing weak. So essentially I pushed the damn thing twice the distance just so people on the elliptical machines wouldn’t think I was lazy for stopping half-way. I clearly worry too much about what people think of me.

With that, the weekend is nigh and I am taking an extended long weekend to lounge poolside and golf and generally relax, and I could not be more thrilled. I will not let the fact that it’s September bring me down. Summer is still alive and well in spirit in my neck of the woods, and I fully intend to take advantage, sneaky SI or not. Happy weekend!

Mid-Week Tangent: hybrids changed my golf game

An alternative title for this post could be ‘what it feels like to play a 9-hole round of golf without rage’, which is exactly what happened this past weekend. For the first time, I didn’t want to throw in the towel by the 6th hole. I didn’t even throw one temper tantrum. Okay, I sort of got riled up when I missed a putt for my first true birdie attempt, but I like to think that’s always going to happen. I mean, seriously, I was robbed! That putt should’ve gone in! But I digress.

What’s important here is that I’ve found my clubs for life, or at least for my learning-to-golf life, and I can’t tell you what a difference it’s made. Actually, yes I can tell you what a difference it’s made, and I’m about to. Coupled with slowing my swing, about which I’ve already gushed of the benefits, these hybrid clubs have lead to such remarkable improvements as…

…Only losing one ball in an entire round! Even the ball I lost last weekend was a solid shot (for me). It cleared the water…but rolled off the bank back into the water. In contrast, most of my previous rounds involved repeated (think 4-5) balls lobbed into the water or hit into think brush never to be seen again. Ultimately, this led to my giving up, taking multi-stroke penalties and resuming play on the other side of the hazard, all in a distinctly worse state of mind.

…Only taking two mulligans! My partner is uber generous with the mulligans, something which has been completely necessary in past rounds where I missed or badly hit virtually every tee shot. This time around I hit some solid tee shots. Now, if they’d just stop lining fairways with trees I’d be set.

…FINALLY hitting the ball straight with some relative consistency. With any other club I have a strong tendency to hit far left. Every. Single. Time. With my hybrids, I am finally hitting straight, at least with a solid lie. If I’m on uneven ground it’s a totally different story and, in those moments, I really wish I could wrap my head around the fundamentals of physics. Something went horribly awry in ninth grade science. Sigh.

…Having so much fun that I lost track of what hole we were on. Usually by the 7th or 8th hole, I’m all like “sweet jesus, can we be done yet?” Imagine my surprise this weekend when I asked my partner what hole we were on and was actually sad when he said it was our ninth and final hole.

…Wanting to practice and play more!  I am now the one asking if we can golf or go to the driving range, and I owe it all to my hybrids.  I love them so much that I imagine it’s like what Ralphie felt like in A Christmas Story when he finally got his longed-for Red Ryder BB Gun and went to bed on Christmas night with it lovingly cradled in his arms. Let’s be clear, I don’t sleep with my hybrid clubs yet…but if I keep knocking four strokes (!!!) off my prior best score like I did last weekend, I just might!

Now if I could only figure out those bloody chip shots…