Does long-distance running build leg muscle mass? How?
Define "build". Long distance running builds strength, endurance, and running economy. I would for sure define it as "building" the muscle. It does not usually build size - although this will depend on the genetics of people that are doing the running. People who tend to build muscles whatever activity they do will build some size by running.
P.S. Comparing Olympic marathoners to sprinters is beyond meaningless. There is huge self selection involved - you are comparing people the least likely to gain muscle mass to the people the most likely to gain muscle mass. Marathons don't make your legs thinner - it's the other way around. Runners with thin legs win marathons because thin legs indicate genetic predisposition to good running economy.
A workout injury can happen to anyone, no matter your experience or fitness level. Even walking can cause an injury.But you can significantly cut your risk of getting hurt by following certain workout precautions.Common Workout InjuriesPeople hurt themselves in all kinds of ways when they
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