You have been hitting the track/pavement in hopes of getting fitter, leaner, and more muscular.
Can running actually help you get well-defined abs?
Getting abs has a lot to do with genetics, body fat levels, nutrition, and how much muscle you have. However, running can help you get the midsection of your dreams.
Train For Speed
Sprint work will help you build your abdominal muscles. Performing sprint work forces your abdominal muscles to work harder to maintain posture and sprint work will help you burn more body fat.
An example of a speed workout would be 10 x 100m sprints with 30-60s walking rest between intervals.
Strength Training Can Help
Combining sprint work with full-body training will go along way to helping you get a six-pack. You should focus on full-body compound lifts such as deadlifts, squats, and rows. These movements will force your abdominal muscles to work in a similar fashion as they do during running.
You do not need to spend time at the gym doing thousands of sit-ups. Full body compound lifts should do the job!
If you want to get abs through running you need to think like a sprinter. You running should consist of speed work, interval training, and flying sprints. Your time in the gym should be spent performing the big lifts. Your cross-training workouts should include strength training (heavyweight + low reps), Tabata intervals, plyometric training, and bodyweight training!
Do not forget the importance of nutrition when it comes to building muscle and getting lean. Do your homework and come up with a solid nutrition and training plan!