When I first started running I was hit with all of these odd words and phrases that meant nothing to me. My friend would talk about her “PR” or running fartleks. A what?? I will share some of odd phrases and words I have learned along the way. In no time they will become apart of your normal dialect and you won’t think twice when you hear them.
- Personal Record (PR)- applies to the fastest you have ran a certain race.
- Fartlek- Swedish word meaning “speed play”. Easy put- if you are outside you might say, “I want to run until I get to that stop sign, and then I will walk. I want to start running when I get to that house.” Fartlek is a mixture of fast/slow walking and/or running.
- Chip- often a small piece of plastic tied to your shoes at races. A way of timing you.
- Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)- muscle soreness that usually occurs 48 hours after an intense or long run, or after a weight lifting session.
- Intervals- type of running that consists of fast running, following by slow jogging or walking. Intervals are usually repeated several times.
- Strides- Short, fast, but controlled runs of 50 to 150 meters.
Strides, which are used both in training and to warm up before a race, build speed and efficiency.
- Tempo run- holding a consistent pace during your run.
- VO2 Max- the maximum amount of oxygen that a person can extract from the atmosphere and then transport and use in the body’s tissues.
- BQ- Boston Qualify; running a certified race at a specific time that will allow you to quality for Boston
- USATF- USA Track and Field