Today's run didn't go as planned.
I was going to do my LR. The schedule called for 12.
I did 4.4 with my dad biking behind me. Then, a bathroom and water stop when I saw my sister lacing her up shoes, too. She and I ran at about the same pace for a while (she didn't want to run with me, but we were close to each other), but I was ahead after half a mile.
I did 4.4 more after that, and even that was hard. I haven't stretched in the past few days while I've been at home. I felt like tendons/ligaments were pulling on muscles and bones and whatever in wrong ways. It may be the stretching. It could also be some muscular imbalance. I haven't been able to do good one-legged squats in a while. They've all been very shallow. I decided to stop the run early. I could've managed another difficult lap, but my body felt like it was working hard as it is, without the strains. But with the strains, I just wanted to call it a day.
I think it's an okay decision in this case. I stretched afterwards, and I'll stretch more now. I don't want to get injured at the start of the marathon buildup (I'm on week 2/16). Didn't hit the target for this week, but I had extra mileage done last week, so it evens out. The LR is the most important, but I had many 13-mi races recently, so I think it's okay to not do the full LR this time.
8.9 in 1:14:13, 8:19 ave. 734 cal.
Splits> 18:29, 18:18, 37:25 for 2 (18:42 ave)