31 Jan '13, 12pm

Stuck in a running rut? Get out. Here's how:

Runners tend to thrive on routine. Which is generally good, since success in running depends on consistency—whether you're aiming for a low number on the scale or on a finish-line clock. Even so, you don't want your routine to turn into a rut. Over time, running the same route every morning or recycling a trusty training plan can actually create fitness plateaus and thwart faster finish times. "Locking into a routine will not produce PRs," says Barbara Walker, Ph.D., a sports psychologist at the Center for Human Performance in Cincinnati. "It takes physical and mental energy to go outside your comfort zone, but the joy of hitting your fitness goals or crossing the finish line faster makes it all worth it." Here's how to dust off your old regimen to run your best this year.

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