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! (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.
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.