Are you not built to run?

Do you feel you’re not built to be a runner?

You may think this is absurd, but I feel the same way!

My legs are fairly large and muscular for my size in general. Many people look upon them in admiration and runners often comment about how they wish they would have legs like mine. The ironic thing is that I’d love it if my legs were less musclar! I’d much rather sacrifice having great looking legs to weighing 5+ less pounds and running faster. 

When you look at elites, they typically have quite slender calves and thigh muscles. Muscular strength has much less to do with muscular size than most people think, it’s about muscle fiber recruitment! Kenyans and the skinny mountain climbers in the Tour de France have tiny legs but are able to generate great amounts of power. They’re also carrying less weight up climbs with smaller legs! 

But anyway, I’m going off on a tangent. 

Check out the video below on why I think some people both feel running is hard and why some people believe they’re not meant to be runners!


Kyle is a running coach who works with people all over the world to help them run more consistently & be resilient to injury.

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