Training

Miles was employed delivering groceries throughout the countryside by horse and wagon. To stay in shape he would run behind the wagon wearing heavy boots.

He had run through often-snowy hills along a streetcar line near his home for his distance training.

In April of 1926, Johnny Miles arrived at his first Boston Marathon having never competed in a race more than ten miles long. To prepare for Boston Miles ran more than a hundred miles per week, a level his father thought necessary to compete with the runners in the world’s most famous footrace.