Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Repeat

Happy Tuesday! BTATs are set aside to remind us why it’s better to be here than the alternative (not being here). I definitely lose sight of this sometimes, especially in recent weeks, so today I’m reminding myself that even annoying things can be beneficial.

I don’t like to Repeat myself. To expend the energy to say something twice because someone wasn’t listening to me the first time drives me bananas. I’m working on it.

Evidently, I make this face when I'm annoyed, so says JB. This particular photo was taken at a race where there were only 7 POJs. Not ok. Totally annoyed.

Evidently, I make this face when I’m annoyed, so says JB. This particular photo was taken at a race where there were only 7 POJs. Not ok. Totally annoyed.

And there’s nothing more frustrating than having professors Repeat themselves day after day, slide after slide. I go crazy when I read the same magazine articles in the same magazine year after year, just with different pictures.

I mean, how many different ways can one person really “Get fit fast!”?

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. (Images courtesy of Runner’s World)

But Repeats can be good for you. They can be beneficial. They can work in your favor when you least expect it.

Soldiers and doctors train to do the same things over and over again so that when it comes down to a split-second decision where someone’s life is at stake, there is no thought required. They react the way they were trained to react. Repeatedly trained.

As runners, we are also trained on Repeats. Mile Repeats. Hill Repeats. 800 Repeats. These Repeats make us stronger, faster, and fitter. They are hard and sometimes boring to do, but the benefit of these workouts is undeniable.

Brooklyn Bridge Repeats = Mile Repeats. BOOM!

Brooklyn Bridge Repeats = Mile Repeats. BOOM! (Image courtesy of MK Photography)

In school, some of my classes are on Repeat every semester so that when you come see me in the clinic (wink, wink), you can rest assured that I know every muscle, ligament, tendon, bone, and movement of your body. The benefit of this type of training is undeniable.

Ugh. Fine. I’ll go and do mile Repeats on the track after class. But I won’t like it. Good thing Birdie will be there to make sure I show.

As much as I hate it, doing things on Repeat is one of the best ways to train your body and your mind. And if putting workouts and classes on Repeat get me my PR and make me an awesome PT, it’s worth it.

Goal = Dr. Abby. Takes lots of Repeats.

Goal = Dr. Abby. Takes lots of Repeats.

What kind of Repeats do you do? Have you trained or studied for something that made you just bananas but ended up being the best way in the end? What’s your Tuesday workout? What makes today Better Than the Alternative for you? I’m heading out to the East River track. See you out there!

Now go out and run.

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