I am training for my second marathon, as well as doing triathlons, and whenever I try to train hills (repeats) my hamstring gets tight, painful, and I ultimately give up on doing them.
I do sprint and olympic distance triathlons in between- mileage, about 25-40 per week of running. It is quite deep in my left hamstring- my massage therapist had trouble getting to it in the past. It is mild for most of my training, but gets
really sore (tough to run with) after a hill workout (ie: 5x1 minutes
uphill is about all I have done) I am 28. personally, I hate hills,
wouldn't mind not doing them:):) but seems like an integral part of the
training programs i am trying to follow!
haven't noticed much from my back, but am open to ideas!
Any suggestions? I've tried ice and stretching- any form tips, or suggestions on length of hill, or number of repeats?
Thanks for any input! a great service!!!!!
Most distance runners who suffer from hamstring pain are not great cross trainers! Cross training requires that the muscles are used in different planes of function - running is primarily a sagital plane activity, so cross training must be frontal and transverse plane dominant. I bet that if you start working on the slide board or roller blades once or twice each week, you rpain will resolve. Hills are likely to increase theload on the hamstrings becasuse the forces they have to resolve are greater in all three planes. As your frontal and transverse plane strength increases, you will find that you have more stuff left for hills. Good luck