Will doing strength exercises and working out the leg muscles like the thigh and calve on machines improve speed or endurance in running?
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Yes. Training for strength & power - low reps, heavy weight, compound lifts, explosive movements - can help your speed & acceleration. If you train your muscular endurance - high reps, low weight, Crossfit or Crossfit Endurance style metcons - you'll help your endurance running. However, it's worth mentioning a few things:
For someone who is new at the sport, strength training not only helps prevent injuries but will increase muscle mass thereby making running easier which means your endurance and speed improves.
However, for the elite-athlete (i.e. marathoners) the endurance gains are far less from strength training but more from just honing their craft - they just run a lot. All their muscles are used to it.