Putting aside having incredible genetics, is it possible to be very strong and also be good at racing at distances around 1500 metres?
Of course, I'm sorta being vague because I know I'm not particularly talented, and being "good" means different things for different people. I would like to be very capable at ~1500 m on track, at least as far as my genetics/talent can take me, and I'm currently running a good amount of distance to train for that, but I would also like to have general strength in all the major muscle groups. As far as running goes, I'm definitely a shorter-distance runner; when I run the 800 I run it like a sprinter runs it rather than like a miler runs it. But I'm not that competitive, I'm just trying to be good relative to my potential.
Obviously I don't want to bulk up, since that would definitely slow me down a lot. But from knowing some of my fellow athletes it seems possible to be strong without being bulky. I'm currently also doing things like using the rowing machine, doing flys with free weights, squats, sit-ups while holding weight, etc.
Is this going to harm me a lot? I mean, I guess I might gain a little bit of weight and this would slow me down a bit, but from looking at my friends who used to compete in college at 800/1500 distances, many of them were not skinny by a long shot.