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Junk Miles

While I wholeheartedly encourage you to keep a training log, for reasons outlined here, one problem with them is that they further encourage you to try to achieve arbitrary numbers that don't necessarily fit in with the goals of your workout.

For example, you ran 49 miles this week, it might be nice to make it an even 50.

RESIST THOSE TEMPTATIONS.

Likewise, don't try to extend a workout purely to achieve some round number. The workout has served its purpose, there won't be much quality or value in the extra distance, it tends to be junk.

Here is a snapshot from one of my personal logs. Getting within a two miles of home with 97.0 on the odometer, I knew there would be no value in going the longer way into town. Likewise, at that point in the workout those extra 50 yards on Monday would have done little except delay my recovery nutrition.