Hamstring Stretching for Runners
Hamstring flexibility is a constant source of concern for runners. Since most distance runners have relatively tight hamstrings, the assumption is that you need to improve your flexibility.
My general rule is that if you are at 90 degrees of range of motion (or close to it — 70 degrees or more), AND both hamstrings are roughly the same in range of motion and tightness, then you don’t need to give hamstrings a ton of additional attention.
If that is NOT the case, however, you need to make sure that you’re stretching in a way that will actually be beneficial. Stretching is not a “more pain, more gain” situation.
In this video, I go over the appropriate approach for hamstring stretching, as well as signs that you are pushing it too hard. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below!
About Coach Carl
Coach Carl is a USA Track & Field Level 2 endurance coach who works with runners of all ability levels to reach their goals. He has been featured in Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness, and Competitor. For information on his coaching services, click here.