The running world is a different world with a language all it's own! I get asked a lot of questions about different running terminology and I would love to pass on some of the knowledge that I have learned in the past couple years. These are some of the words that I use most often, so I thought I'd explain them.
- 5K = 3.1 miles
- Half Marathon = 13.1 miles
- Marathon= 26.2 miles
- Ultra Marathon is any race over 26.2 miles, typically raced on trails
- Fartlek= periods of fast running in the middle of a regular run (did that make you giggle? It's ok, I think I giggle a little bit every time I say it. Try it, it's fun!)
- Bonk: also called Hitting the Wall; a state of exhaustion where if you can keep going, it's very slow going (usually mile 18-20 in a marathon)
- GP/MP: goal race pace, marathon goal pace
- Easy Run; keeping the pace slow enough that you can have a conversation without gasping for breath
- LSD: Long Slow Distance run; used to help build endurance
- PR= Personal Record, best time that a runner has for a specific distance
- Bandit: a person that runs a race without registering or paying for the race
- DNF: Did not Finish, runner drops out of a race
- Taper: Greatly reducing mileage in the two to three weeks leading up to a big race to ensure peak performance on race day
- DOMS: Delay Onset Muscle Soreness, i.e. sore muscles the day or two after a hard workout or race
What other terms do you get asked about a lot? What should I add to my list?