So in my 3rd week (which is about 7 weeks ago) of officially training for the Pittsburgh Marathon, I pulled my left hamstring. I refrained from doing any sort of physical activity for about 3.5 weeks but would stretch it and apply ice and heat when needed during that time. When I felt it was better, I started running on an elliptical to ease back into it. I did that for about 3 weeks and had even gotten to the point where I ran 16 miles in 2.5 hours on one this past Saturday. I finally ran on a trail for the first time in 6.5 weeks on Tuesday. The hamstring felt a little awkward prior to the run, even after stretching and even during the run. I ran slow and made it the planned 6 miles, but it just doesn't feel right. So the question for the runners/athletes out there that have dealt with hamstring injuries, is this more due to the time off and I just need to keep running on trails to get this back to normal or is this something to slow down with and just continue using the elliptical for a bit longer until this feeling goes away?
Being new to running and new to having a hamstring injury, I'm not quite sure what to do. I want to play it safe since I only have 6.5 weeks until the marathon and I want to be prepared for it, but I also know that while an elliptical is useful, it isn't the same as running on a trail/road and I don't want to put that off much longer. Any insight would be helpful!