Q: The other day, I heard the term "junk miles." What does that mean?

A: A long slow one out Highway 99….just kidding on the Highway 99 part. Now, let's talk about the long slow part. While you need to find what's right for you, I found that too much long slow miles lead broke me down. I was out for three months in 1996 and four months in 1998. I have stayed injury free since then, going to fewer, more intense mileage, average about 25-30 per week, when I used to do 35-40. The key addition to my program has been hills and intervals. I also do mile repetitions and 4-6 mile tempo runs. I run four days a week instead of the five I used to. I am now running fewer miles, performing better in races and, most importantly, have been injury free since I changed my training philosophy.

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