A couple things come to mind in this situation. I might question your efficiency of gait that slowly loads the hamstrings more on flat, repetitive terrain. Increasing frequency of foot strike might help decrease the load on the hamstrings. I’ll leave it to Alison for more suggestions. A stronger hamstring will make it more fatigue resistant so deadlifts, single deadlifts at 8rm would move you in a better direction. Downhill and flat terrain increase the impact forces at the lumbar spine possibly causing a radiculapathy leading to burning pain in the hamstrings. For this you would want a more neutral spine at foot strike avoiding a lordotic curve, and extensive core strengthening.
Whew!! a lot of thoughts scatter shooting here. Hope this gets you thinking.
I’ve noticed during longer runs, pronounced on flat terrain less significant on undulating terrain or longer climbs, experiencing significant hamstring fatigue. Most recently, at about mile 19 of a 22 mile run the hamstring fatigue became quite pronounced. The terrain was flat/rolling with only 1000ft of elevation gain over the run. The fatigue is specific to the hamstrings and feels like a burning sensation.
I’m assuming this is a muscular endurance issue, but because I don’t have fatigue in any other muscle groups I’m not sure if the cause is hamstring fatigue, running form, or something else?
Are there a particular set of exercises or technique changes to focus to try to alleviate this issue?
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