I live in an appartment with five guys, three of them run cross country. All three of these gentlemen are competetive college level CC runners and are built accordingly (5’10 140-150is, very little BF). Other than making me feel unusually large, I have noticed one thing about all three of their physiques, they have unusually large calf muscles.
Now, I am aware that many feel calves are a genetic “gift” so to speak. I have also heard that running long distances shrinks leg muscles. Accordingly, I am confused as to why these three gentlemen would have such well developed calves? Does running build calves but shrink quads/glutes?
Does anyone have some insight on this?