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May 7, 2013 9:45 AM

How to best relieve hamstring tension while running

I have a problem with tight hams.  When running distances in excess of 8 or 9 miles this sometimes becomes a very uncomfortable problem.

I'm looking for recommendations for how to relieve this tightness. 


Among the recommendations that I've received in the past are:

- modify my stride on a regular basis, i.e. don't get stuck on the same stride/kick/pace. (sort of helpful)

- run backwards every mile or so for a few yards (very awkward and I'm not sure that it helps)

- try different shoes (I have experimented with various, not much luck there)

- make sure to stretch and warm up prior to the long run (I do this religiously without fail - tightness remains)

- rub the back of the hamstring (an up or down motion) to make relieve the tension point (kind of works)


Any other ideas?




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