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How to prevent hamstring tightness:

So you trained well for an important race, got yourself into great shape and cruised through the first half of the course without problems -- and were on pace for a very fine PR. All of a sudden, you began to notice an ominous tightness in one of your hamstrings. At first, it was a tiny hindrance that could be ignored, but the tightness got steadily worse, step by step, until your hamstring was a stiff, painful mass of tissue that cried out for you to stop. You slowed down, you stopped to stretch, massaged it, but nothing really helped. Realizing that this was the end of your race, you limped to the finish, disappointed and discouraged that after six months of careful, time-consuming preparations, some strips of muscle tissue in the back of your thigh had kept you from reaching your goal. Does this sound familiar? Hamstring difficulties are common among runners, with strai...

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