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Running the 2012 Boston Marathon for Children's Hospital
Weight training to increase 'bulk' and long distance running don't go together.
Weight training to increase 'bulk' and long distance running don't go together. Weight training as a runner can be beneficial, but only to improve strength endurance.
Firstly, using a term such as 'strength endurance' is misleading at best. Secondly, if your goal is to be able to run x distance as fast as you can, then you should obviously optimize your muscle mass - throwing away stuff that you don't need. Thirdly, if your goal is just to be able to run x distance, then sure the extra weight will make you slower, but that's not a big deal - you'll still be faster than lighter untrained individuals.
Unless you are a competitive bodybuilder, then extra muscle will not make you _that_ heavy. Elite sprinters, which have an impressive musculature, seem to be weighing around 10Kg more than elite marathoners. And I bet they could run a marathon if they wanted to.
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