I often get asked, "Does running build muscle?" Usually my answer is no, but with a caveat: regardless of the type of trainingówhether bodybuilder or power lifter, purely for size or strength, or for a particular sportórunning has its place. What's key are the type and duration. Long distance running rarely fits in to any of those plans.
So does running build muscle? With a combination of HITT (running in sprints) and weight lifting, you can build the endurance required for your sport without cutting into the strength gains you need to make to last you through a long season.