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Q: Can I run long distances and still build muscle? A: #runningtips

I started running a month or two ago. I've done a couple 5K’s, have an 8K next month and hope to build to a 10K very soon. I'd like to eventually run a half-marathon. My question is—is it possible to build muscle while running long distances? I’ve lost some of the muscle I built from weight lifting now that I’m more focused on running. How can I have the best of both worlds? Thanks, Nick Nick- This is a great question and one that many runners are interested in. The short answer is yes, it is possible to build muscle while running; however, there are definitely qualifiers attached to my 'yes', like how much running are we talking about? Compare a picture of a sprinter and a marathoner and it's easy to see that distance running does not lend itself to muscle building; however, most of us are not elite athletes logging upwards of 80 miles a week. The key to achieving your go...

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