Confusion reigns the day after a leg strength workout. Particularly when the hamstrings have been called to action.
Did I overcook them?
Are they just tight?
Will I ever be able to touch my toes again?
The legs can cope with a lot of stress. To keep progressing my endurance goals there is respect given to the health and strength of the muscles that will carry my Madmule Ass over the finish lines.
Here are two, of many stressors, I use to condition my body for marathons and further.
Hamstring curls on a stability ball
Walking lunge weighted.
There are single leg and resisted band variations to increase loads once the beginner move is trained.
Depth in the range of the hip, knees and ankle. Multiple major muscles working in synergy to achieve a smooth motion. Training the hamstring and opposing hip flexor to cooperate. For me, no lunge then no distance.
Have you ever pumped the biceps into submission, so much so the ability to lengthen the arm out the next day is impinged? Well, that's a goal of mine in the hamstrings when working a strength phase early in in a 12 week marathon cycle.
Be strong to go long.
Best in training