Can I squat and run for distance?

I want to run a half marathon, but I also want to have some strength. Does squatting play nice with distance running, or am I actually hurting both by trying to do two different things?

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  • In my opinion, for a casual athlete, leg strength will help, not hurt your running efforts. There are elite CrossFit guys who are trying to squat 500# and run a sub 5-minute mile on the same day. Now granted that's not a 1/2 marathon, but it's also crazy to think of. I personally feel like I can run faster and farther when I have been squatting regularly.
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  • In my opinion, for a casual athlete, leg strength will help, not hurt your running efforts. There are elite CrossFit guys who are trying to squat 500# and run a sub 5-minute mile on the same day. Now granted that's not a 1/2 marathon, but it's also crazy to think of. I personally feel like I can run faster and farther when I have been squatting regularly.
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