Another 3.5 miler today and the hamstring continues to improve. I did some extended stretching and rolling at the gym a few hours before the run, and then I heated up the hammy w/ a heating pad prior to heading out.
Unlike yesterday I felt no stiffness even early on, so I took the liberty of "testing" it out here and there throughout the run. First mile was 6:50, then a 6:40 up a 3.5% grade. On the way back down I allowed myself to extend the stride just a little to see how it responded, and it seemed OK. I averaged about 6:15 for the last mile and a half w/ a little quarter mile pickup at 5:25 - no issues.
An hour later it feels fine, but I there is certainly some tightness remaining. I plan on taking a very easy day tomorrow followed by another easy day on Tuesday. If I continue to improve at the same rate, I'm hoping to get in a 3-mile tempo run on Wednesday. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Sun, 1/26: lifting (upper-B, abs) stretching rolling
3.5 miles @ 6:34. Hamstring is feeling better.