murfreesboro halfThe last three months have been an unusual balancing act for me. I’m a one-hobby kind of guy. So if I’m into golf, then I’m into golf. I have a full-time job. I’m married. I don’t have much time for anything else.

But, in May, I picked up a new hobby: running. And I’m not talking about a mile on the treadmill here, a mile on the elliptical there. I’m actually on a training schedule, preparing to run my first half-marathon (13.1 miles) on October 3. Five days a week, I’m doing something—either running in my neighborhood, running at the YMCA, or cross-training.

It’s been tough to fit golf into my schedule lately. This sucks. Problem is, I’m signed up for the “club championship” at my local golf course next weekend. I take any non-scramble golf tournament seriously. I want to do well. But it’s been amazingly difficult to train for a half-marathon while practicing on my golf game.

Basically, I’m playing and/or hitting range balls once a week. A typical day with running and golf looks like this: I go into work at 7, leave at 4, go straight to the YMCA, run 3-4 miles on the treadmill, go straight to the golf course, hit a bag of balls, and play nine holes if time permits. I get home around 9 p.m. on these days.

My long endurance runs are on Saturdays. So, next weekend, I’ll play 18 holes in the tournament on Saturday morning, return on home to see my wife and rest a bit, and then make an 8 mile run on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, I’ll likely awake with tired legs to play 18 again.

After this tournament next weekend, golf may take a backseat for a couple of months while my running schedule intensifies even more. I’ll still update the blog, of course. But, as the daylight shortens here in Nashville, it’s going to become even more difficult to practice on my game and train for the half.

I love golf. I always will. But I think I’ve found a new friend in running. I’m 33 with a family history of heart issues—so I’m going to take a wild guess and say that running is probably better for my physical well-being than golf. And, to my surprise, it’s quite addicting—not as addicting as golf, I’ll admit, but addicting nonetheless.

So with a tournament next week and a 13.1 mile run in about eight weeks, I’m about to find out how well I can pull off these two athletic endeavors. I’ll take a pair of 76s and 2:15 half-marathon time.

I’ll keep you posted.