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It’s a DG kinda day

(Now that the weather is getting warmer, at least in the Northeast, I thought it was the perfect time to do a disc golf post reprise. A great FREE outdoor activity for people of all ages and athletic abilities! See below for a course near you!)

The sun is shining. The air is warm. Birds are chirping. And the sound of lawnmowers buzzes around me every time I walk outside. Perfect disc golf weather. 🙂

As the title of my blog indicates, I love to run. LOVE IT. (Such dramatics, but you know you have your thing too – don’t judge.) But being outside for any activity is a close second. Even in the winter I’m outside running, walking the dog, whatever. But in the spring, summer and fall, my favorite pastime is DISC GOLF.

Most people I talk to about disc golf – okay, I corner them like an evangelist during sweeps week – have never heard of the sport (yes, it’s a bona-fide sport) let alone have any interest in joining me in a game. There are three great courses by my house that my girlfriend and I play often. Sunday I brought the camera to document our game and share the love on my blog.

First, here are the BASICS OF THE GAME:

1. You have specialized discs (NOT FRISBEES). These discs are sleeker and heavier than frisbees, thus performing according to how you throw the disc and going A LOT farther than a frisbee would. Some people (yes, me) carry bags to haul all their discs around because, just as in golf, there are putters and drivers and mid-range discs.

2. Each hole is set up like golf with: a tee off area, a “catcher” (ie. hole), and often a sign designating the hole number, distance and par.

3. Object of the game: Get your disc into the catcher (it’s like a wire basket you have to get your disc to land in) in as few shots as possible.

Each course is unique. Some are 9 holes, some are 18, some longer. Some courses are really rough with trees, streams and brush. Others are open with very short distances between the tee and the hole.

So much fun! There are some great sites for disc golf if you want to learn more. They also provide search engines to locate courses, if you want to check it out!

PGDA

DG Course Review

Email me if you have any questions! 🙂

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Fitness Friday!

I grew up playing tennis. My dad’s an avid tennis player and he encouraged me when I showed an interest in the sport. I first picked it up when I broke my arm and the doctor encouraged me to play to rehab my weakened muscles. I really enjoyed it and continued to play through middle school and eventually joined the high school tennis team. But I never had a passion for it like my dad did and was never very competitive. I think part of him was disappointed I didn’t show more of an interest, but he didn’t care…as long as I wasn’t playing golf.

To him, golf is a sport pastime that requires no athletic prowess. Unlike tennis where players have to have quick reflexes, good cardio, strength, and endurance, golf is swinging a club at a ball. And if you compare golfers to tennis players, golfers aren’t exactly the epitome of fit whereas tennis players are lean with muscles on top of muscles. As a result, my opinion of golf wasn’t exactly a high one. So when my girlfriend asked me to play with her, I was hesitant. I’m using to running, rock climbing, and biking, what would I think of an activity where most the time is spent waiting and riding around in a golf cart?

I absolutely loved it!

The weather was gorgeous – blue skies and fluffy clouds and temps in the low 80s. The course was beautiful with rolling hills, woods, and scenic views where you could see for miles. There was an old red barn on the course with a low stone wall lined with apple trees that were bursting with ripened fruit. Deer and rabbits peeked out from behind trees as I lined up my shots across huge expanses of verdant lawns. We brought water and snacks with us to munch on as we sat in our golf cart and waited for golfers ahead of us to move along. I learned that it is challenging and frustrating to learn a proper swing whether it was driving off a tee or hitting across the fairway, but I also learned to enjoy a good hit when I occasionally got one as well as the art of relaxing.

Now I’m hooked. I don’t think I could ever just golf as I love the physical exertion of my other fitness loves, but it does make the perfect complement and is perfect for my rest days between training. I can’t wait to get back out on the course and improve my game! 🙂