Sunday, August 28, 2016

Dig Deep Week (WW # 56)

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap!


https://hohoruns.blogspot.com/p/weekly-wrap.html
Click  >>HERE<<  to see rules.





M - REST
T  - Ran 6 Miles Slow + Strength
W - Ran 6 Miles Slow
T  - Cycled 15 Miles (15.2 mph)
F  -  Ran 7 Miles 
       (2 w/u + 5 @ 9:10 -- Mixed Bag)
S  -  Ran 18 Slow Miles
S  -  UNPLANNED REST

Total Miles Ran = 37
Total Miles Cycled = 15



I'm tired.  It's still so sickly hot and humid.  I could end this post right here because that would sum up my week {and many of you probably would probably thank me--ha ha}.  I put off speed work earlier in the week because I couldn't breathe in the muck.  It wasn't much better on Friday but I managed a little mixed bag of speed work by tossing in a few tempo miles plus several 1/2 mile repeats.  I did have a nice bike ride on Thursday morning.

Note to self:  Take off previous day's eye shadow before commencing to sweat.


Happy National Dog Day to these two nuts: Mojo and Mini.

Honestly, I was not looking forward to the 18 miles I needed to run over the weekend.  I went ahead with that run on Saturday instead of my usual Sunday.  I.Dug.Deep.  It.Got.Done.  I ran every step in a new pair of Mizuno Wave Inspires.  This is my go-to shoe so I did not break them in.  I had been trying out Mizuno's new Catalyst model but felt there wasn't enough ankle support for me on really long runs.  I'll keep wearing the Catalyst for shorter runs and races as they are comfy and somewhat lighter than the Inspires. 

They'll be a nice shade of light gray very soon!


Our oldest son was competing in Saturday's Dragon Boat races.  This is an all day event including multiple elimination rounds.  It's a big draw for our city with numerous teams involved.  His team took silver in their division.  But icky, it was so unbelievably, unrelentingly hot.   After sweating through my 18 miler, and sweating all afternoon spectating  -- I was toast.


The Dragon Slay-Oars (boat #2) narrowly wins their 2nd race of the day.


We went to the lake Sunday morning but experienced a minor electrical problem in the boat (it's always something!).  Sadly, there was no water skiing.  Hopefully I can make that up one day this week.  I did capture some great pictures of the cloud formations.  



I've tried hard to stay positive and not whine, but I hope for a break in the weather soon because I honestly feel I'm at my breaking point.   ... If I hear that weatherman say triple digit heat indexes one more time ...

And that's a wrap!


Have you ever been to a Dragon Boat race?

Do you break in new running shoes or just go with it?





94 comments:

  1. It's definitely been a long summer for those of you trying to train through the heat. Congrats on getting that 18 miler done! Love that picture of the clouds from the boat.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can only hope the heat training will pay off on race day. I'm always amazed and delighted by the sky and clouds, especially in the early morning.

      Delete
  2. I've never heard of Dragon boat racing! Great job on getting 18 miles in. I don't know how you do it in this weather!
    I love Mizunos! I currently wear the Wave Riders and Wave enigma. Are the inspires a stability shoe?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Dragon Boat racing has really grown around here. It was very competitive too. Yes, the Inspires are Mizuno's stability shoe. I keep coming back to them.

      Delete
  3. As far as breaking in new running shoes...I have not had to do that joyful little thing with my Brooks Adrenalines. How do you like the new Inspires? How do they compare to the previous models? As you know, I totally LOVED my 8's...and then skipped a couple models and went to the 10's (I think? the mint ones? and salmon-colored ones?) I liked the 10's, but they had been tweaked just enough that my feet weren't 100% as happy with them as the others. #bummed #stillhopingtogobacktoMizunos

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've been in the Inspires for so long! They made a few mistakes trying to improve new generations along the way but always corrected them the next year. I like the 11's -- this is my 3rd pair. I haven't tried the 12's yet (waiting for the sale).

      Delete
  4. I'm a Nike gal, I've tried others but always go back to my Nikes. I tried breaking in a pair of Reeboks but they just hurt my feet. I'm definitely ready for fall, and cooler temps.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you are like me, when you find a good running shoe -- you are almost afraid to stray very far from it. Cool weather can't get here quick enough for me.

      Delete
  5. We used to watch the dragon Boat races when we lived in Philly. Schools from all over the country would participate. You had a great week of mileage! I know it's tiring! I keep asking myself, who signed up for this marathon?!?!? I like your new shoes!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I trained last summer for a marathon too. But, I don't remember it feeling this steamy. Or maybe I just have a bad memory! The Dragon Boat races have really caught on here. Some teams train all year.

      Delete
  6. You did amazing HoHo, you logged in some awesome mileage during this hot and sticky weather. So not easy - don't worry it will all pay off at the Marathon! Your Mizunos look super comfortable - they look like they have great arch support!
    Congrats to your son and his division for getting silver!
    After running 18 mile in the heat you really do feel like toast - I ran 10 miles yesterday along the beach and I was practically finished for the rest of the day! Awesome pic of the clouds! I hope everything will be ok with the boat! Have a great (Running) week HoHo!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I so hope it pays off on race day. Right now, it just feels a little crazy to put yourself through it. I've been a fan of Mizuno Inspires since 2008. They are perfect for my high arches.

      Delete
  7. I'm with you on the triple digit heat! It's ridiculous! You did a great job getting in your runs in the heat! I love your new shoes! And I love shoes that you don't have to break in. I never have to break in my Brooks! Great job and have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think they recorded our weatherman and replayed the same forecast for weeks on end. I did break in the Catalystsince they were a new shoe for me. But my new tried and true Inspires feel just like all the others I've owned.

      Delete
  8. Congrats to your son! They do Dragon Boat races on the Potomac near my office sometimes - very fun to watch - but not all day in triple digit weather. Good for you for getting it done. Sometimes that's all you can ask of yourself!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This event has really caught on here in the last few years. Some teams train all year for the win. And some teams are just in it for the fun. I can't imagine being in those life vests in this heat and NOT being in the water.

      Delete
  9. The humidity is killer, even up here!!! I hope it eases up for you soon! Congrats to your son, that is so awesome!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My son said he had a new respect for the rowing machine. His team trained for several months and one of their racing times was sub 1:20, which is supposed to be great. I wouldn't know. LOL.

      Delete
  10. great job with the 18 miles. I'm running in Mizuno Wave Inspire's right now and I really like them. That Dragon Boatrace looks so neat!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've run in Inspires since 2008. I need some stability and they work well for me. I've also gotten used to the white color, which I didn't think I'd like. This is my 2nd pair of mostly white.

      Delete
  11. Oh my, I've tried just about every brand of running shoes out there EXCEPT Mizuno!! Now you have me wanting to try them! :) I have been running in Newtons for several years now and as much as I love them, I'm always open to trying new ones... I have yet to find THE perfect shoe for my finicky feet. I've never watched dragon boat races, but it does look fun! You guys have beautiful lakes around there!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I keep coming back to the Inspires. I need their stability with my super high arches and all. We have lots of nice water and lakes around here. (We're know as the River Region.) A good thing for me!

      Delete
  12. I've not been to a dragon boat race but it sure looks cool. I am right there sweating with you and am at the breaking point. If the heat doesn't break soon I'm running the half. There I said it. With new shoes that are the same I always wear, I'll do a couple shorter runs before going long. Just to be sure. Sorry about the electrical issue. Hope it is resolved! Thanks for the linkup!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The dragon boats are cool. They are also provided by race management. You aren't required to have your own boat or other equipment. It's become a big deal here with lots of corporate teams.

      Delete
  13. Right there with you on this humidity. This morning was brutal. BTW, at the retention pond where I train, they have dragon boat races! It's very cool!

    I biked yesterday after I worked in the morning and I forgot to take off my makeup. Big mistake. Huge!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I usually don't worry about taking off my makeup since I'm going to shower afterwards. Somehow I managed to smear that purple all under my eyes though.

      Delete
  14. This weather is so ridiculous and I cannot wait until Fall weather coms so we have cooler run! I'm also a big fan of Mizuno sneakers. I've been wearing the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s for 2 years ( I loved them so much that I bought a few extra pairs last year when they were on sale!). I also have the 11s as well.

    Great job on your long run this weekend! I had an awful long run this Saturday and had to dig deep so I totally understand how you felt!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha! The 10s I didn't like as well, but I've stuck with the model since 2008 now. The humidity just sucks the life right out of you. It makes my body feel so heavy!

      Delete
  15. I love my NIkes so I'm sticking to them.

    I can't imagine the humidity & heat so I will not complain about the weather here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Didn't you used to be a Mizuno gal too? Maybe I should try Nikes. I have a better attitude about the weather this week. I'm trying to hold on a little while longer.

      Delete
  16. Hope you get a break in the weather! Great job on your 18 miler and congrats to your son on doing well on the Dragon Boat races! I've never been to one of those races but looks fun to watch.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. In addition to the actual races, there were a lot of vendor there and music too. So, it was a really fun atmosphere. Just almost unbearable due to the heat.

      Delete
  17. I don't know what a dragon boat race is LOL ! I break in my shoes slightly, even if I keep buying the same model. It was 100 degrees here all week, but we don't get the humidity you do. Good for you for getting it done, I know the heat has been brutal.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had not heard of dragon boat racing either until a few years ago. It's turned into a really big event here with many corporate teams. You have to have at least 8 women in the boat too. Yes, the heat has been brutal.

      Delete
  18. Well done on getting your 18 miles and your speed session in this week. I've certainly been using my mental strength a lot recently, just to get things done.

    I generally break my new shoes in by doing a shorter run in them first. I don't think I could do an 18 mile run with new shoes straight out of the box!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had another pair of shoes on standby, just in case, but did not need them. Sometimes they'll change something about the model that you are unaware of until later. That always irritates me.

      Delete
  19. I find I need to break in Mizunos -- the only brand I do need to break in - but once they're broken in I like them.

    We're not as hot as you, but yeah, it's been an unusually hot summer. Sorry you didn't get to ski -- I know you would have felt better for it!

    I am definitely with you on being tired. Actually, I'm so far beyond tired . . .

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm beginning to think tired is just a way of life. If I'm rested, I go do something super hard that makes me tired. LOL. It's a vicious cycle. The shoestrings are what I'd always fiddle with most on a new pair of shoes. It was hard to get them tied exactly right.

      Delete
  20. I have never seen dragon boat races, but they sound really neat, congrats to your son and his team! The heat gave us a break this last week and it was really welcome. We had days in the 70s! Sadly the heat came back over the weekend. I am so ready for fall weather!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't remember the last time it was below 90 during the day. May? April? It was 77 THIS MORNING at 4 am. See why I'm at my breaking point? LOL.

      Delete
  21. Well done on getting your long run and a speed workout done in that heat! That will pay off for you with all the grit you've developed!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm hoping it will. I pray for pleasant weather at the race.

      Delete
  22. Wow great just with all those miles ( and 18!!) in the heat. It has to cool down soon and think how much more pleasant that will be. I've never been to a dragon boat race- but wow, they look cool!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I swear I'm going to shed a few happy tears the first time I run and I feel and "smell" fall.

      Delete
  23. Wow, what a great week! 18 miles in the summer heat and humidity is quite an accomplishment. I'm a fellow Mizuno Wave Inspire wearer. I've tried the Catalysts, but like you, don't find that they have enough support, particularly for longer runs.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I liked the way the Catalysts felt as they are quite light but could tell I was getting sore around the ankles after a couple of back to back runs. I'll still use them for short distances.

      Delete
  24. I read somewhere that this hard runs are the ones that get you to the finish line stronger ! Way to get out there!

    Tired does sound like a good theme, I join you with that one!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm expecting a HUGE payout with this summer marathon training. LOL. Seriously, it would be such sweet reward.

      Delete
  25. Saturday was hazy when I was doing my errands, and I could feel it all when I was on the treadmill. I have an inhaler for days like Saturday, but I don't like to use it because it makes me feel jittery. After I get my heartrate back down, my breathing's fine.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The heat and humidity definitely increase our heart rate. That's something I really have to work on in the summer.

      Delete
  26. I can totally relate! That's exactly how I felt last week. When you're training in such intense heat and humid, day after day, week after week, month after month, it really gets to you. The thing I keep telling myself is that a) it can't last forever and b) race dat is going to feel so much better! Great job toughing it out!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It just really sucks the energy out of you. I keep telling myself it can't lasts forever...

      Delete
  27. It looks like you had a great week of training despite the heat and humidity. You're right though, those conditions are rough and they do require more recovery and the occasional unplanned rest day. Better to take a rest day now than to get heat exhaustion or so worn out that you have to take weeks or months off.

    I love the new shoes but white doesn't work for me either! They will get super dirty quickly but hey, they're running shoes and that's what they're for, not for looking super cute and clean!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't think I'd like my first white pair of shoes (couldn't pass up the bargain), but I got used to them and chose white again. They won't stay shockingly white -- but that's OK with me too.

      Delete
  28. wow - way to dig deep and get that run done. I think we're all done with the heat and humidity across the land. Just get to fall already! Your pups are SO cute too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I keep waiting to "smell fall". I typically do on a run this time of year. It hasn't happened yet.

      Delete
  29. I've never heard of Dragon Boat racing. It sounds really cool but that does make for a long, hot day combined with your long run. I can see that being exhausting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had no sweat left at the end of that day. It was brutal.

      Delete
  30. 18 mi in the heat - yes you have a reason to whine! :) Hope you catch a break this week. There's a Dragon boat race out here in San Diego but never stayed to watch one. I remember I was out for a run when I saw the dragon boats out in the water. Thought it was pretty cool. Congrats to your son!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Some teams around here take it very seriously and train all year for this one race.

      Delete
  31. Like you, I usually only worry about breaking in new running shoes if they're completely new-to-me styles. It's been really hot and humid here, but I'm sure it's much worse farther south where you live. I think everyone is looking a little extra forward to fall this year.

    Thanks for the linkup!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Since we rarely deal with ice or snow, winter running is ideal around here. I love forward to every step.

      Delete
  32. I've never been to a Dragon Boat race, at least I don't think. But I rowed for many years, so I always see them practicing. I would think the race would get more exciting towards the end. It probably takes a minute or so to get the boat really up to speed, I bet those suckers are HEAVY!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It seem to take forever and be quite the challenge to get all the boats lined up at the beginning of each heat!

      Delete
  33. I'm tired, too. This heat is just sucking out my energy. It's gross.

    The Catalyst is a great shoe, but unless you have a more neutral foot, I would only recommend it for speed work or short, fast runs. I also use it for cycling, since I don't clip in and need something light with minimal cushion.

    There is a dragon boat group where I live, and I thought it looked fascinating. I will have to look to see when they go out next.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is exactly what I decided about the Catalyst. They felt about the same to me, but I could tell me ankles were getting sore. That doesn't happen in the Inspires.

      Delete
  34. I hear ya about this heat and humidity!!!!
    you did a great job during the week getting those miles in. and that 18 miler in this heat?? you are a rock star!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Most days, I think I must be a little nuts! But, treadmill running aggravates an old Achilles injury. What's a girl to do?

      Delete
  35. Way to get your speed work and long run in with the heat! Hoping that cooler weather comes your way! Congrats to your son in his dragon boat race! Looks neat!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Fingers crossed for cooler mornings temps!

      Delete
  36. Great job on the 18 miles, especially in the heat! I know it can be draining on some. Plus you have that humidity there that throws a whole new crazy factor into it.
    I don't mind the heat, but I am in the desert even more than before so it's super dry. I am actually sitting here right now hoping the 110 degrees drops to 100 in a few hours so I can go for a little more comfortable run, LOL Even loving the heat I can't bring myself to go out running in 110 yet, LOL LOL
    Dragon Boat Racing, oh that is just awesome! No, I've never heard of it before, if we had that here I'd so be in, LOL So fun!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wish our office was big enough to make a dragon boat team! I'd love to do it. You have to have at least 8 women in each boat. I don't mind the heat, it's the humidity that's the game changer for me.

      Delete
  37. Congrats to your son! That is great the team placed :)
    I am so proud of you for getting 18 done! I can't imagine speed work in it.
    I am at that point I am afraid that I have run out juice. All I can do is shuffle around in this mess. It is okay to be over it, it has been a long summer.
    I have run a half in a brand new shoe lol if you know they work, why not :) even though it breaks a rule about nothing new.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's pretty risky to run a half in a new shoe. It must have worked well for you! If it was the exact model and generation of a previous pair...I might.

      Delete
  38. That humidity sounds rough, nice job getting your runs done! Dragon boat racing is really popular here in Vancouver but I have yet to try it. It looks like a lot of fun!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's amazing how much speed they can get out of those boats! It's fun to watch.

      Delete
  39. The humidity has just been unrelenting this summer! Makes me wonder what kind of winter we're going to have!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is rare we have a brutal winter. But you never know what Mother Nature has in store.

      Delete
  40. I don't know how you do it in your heat! It'll pay off with the cooler weather on race day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope so! I've got to be careful not to over train or exhaust myself in it though. That's easy to do.

      Delete
  41. I'm going through a shoe phase, too. I'm currently rotating four different brands and styles, and soon to be adding more. I just can't seem to find ones comfortable enough for my long runs!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have such high arches that I've really found no shoe to truly fit them. I probably should buy inserts.

      Delete
  42. Great week of training! I've never heard of dragon boat races, it looks like it would be interesting to watch. I hope you get some skiing in this week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm overdo for some skiing, that's for sure. Even though I'm tired of this heat, I will definitely miss that activity.

      Delete
  43. Way to push through all the heat and humidity, and in getting that 18-miler done!!! Hurray for new shoes, too!!! Dragon boat racing is no joke. I did it once with a team and it is a lot harder than it looks. Bummer that the boat was having mechanical issues, hopefully you'll be back out on your water skiis VERY soon!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, my son said it is very hard. You row for a short period of time but it is so intense. And then, as you know, you repeat it several times.

      Delete
  44. Mojo and Mini are so cute! I am so over the heat and humidity, too. I really am trying not to wish summer away because I don't want rain and snow (Ohio fall/winter), but it's to hot to enjoy every run. Love your cloud photo. I've realized I really enjoy photographing the sky these days... ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't want to wish away my water skiing, for sure. But I just need a little break for my running. Obviously, I'm not a big selfie taker but I enjoy taking pictures of what I see. You always have good cloud pictures!

      Delete
  45. I'm curious, how do you feel your training for Chicago is compared to last year? Wouldn't it be amazing if it would turn out to be perfect running weather for your race?
    I hope you got the boat fix, for yours and PoPo's sake. If Greg peters out on me for the Kayak race, don't you want to come step in, lol.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It feels about the same, except for mixing it up with triathlons. The weather seems worse this year, but I'm sure it was the same way last year. I just don't remember it.

      Delete
  46. I hear you sister! 18 miles is incredible in any kind of shoes! That boat racing looks cool :) kudos to the team! I am hoping this storms sucks some of the humidity out- fingers crossed!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't know how you do it MB. We actually do have a chilly fall and cold winter. I know your seasons have got to be warmer and shorter.

      Delete
  47. Those are some cute shoes! I've worn the Sayonara and did not really care for them. My favorite were the Elixir but those were discontinued. Great job on that long run!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, that irritates me when a company discontinues something I like. It's like we have to start all over again with the search for a replacement.

      Delete

I enjoy reading your comments and will make every attempt to reply. Thanks for taking the time to leave one!