28 Jul '15, 4pm

It may hurt, but there’s a sick kind of delight in speedwork.

In contrast, Running Times associate editor Liam Boylan-Pett says he’d much rather run a workout like 10 x 400m on the track than a 16-mile long run. Of course, his mile PR (3:57.75) is close to a minute faster than mine and he’s usually the one lapping others. Liam is successful on the track—It’s a celebration of what he was born to do. But even slow-twitch runners like me can relate when Liam says he finds “a sick kind of joy” on the track. Despite my lack of speed, I’ve also learned to relish the oval, following some key principles. The first step is to ditch comparisons. I, too, can feel successful on the track, zipping along the flat, firm, groomed-for-running surface, hitting goal splits, and setting PRs. But I can’t appreciate that success if I’m looking at the Liams of the world. And, while on the road they disappear out of sight, on the track they circle around to...

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