Q: I heard that intervals and hills would improve my racing performance. However, I can't think of anything more boring than running around a track or repeatedly up and down some hill for an hour every week. I think the key to my running performance is positive thinking. If I could just relax and have fun, good performance surely will follow. Right?

A: You might ask Linda Somers, runner up in the marathon at the 1996 U.S. Trials. The last time she tried this same strategy was in her very first race, walking on at the University of California (Davis) cross country team in the fall of 1981. "I didn't know you were supposed to hurt," said Somers. "I ran the race like it was a fun run." She finished last. Ask her how many "fun runs" she took the rest of that season and the next two, when she earned All-American honors.

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