Say what? – Running Jargon For Beginners

If, like me, you are pretty new to the running world, you will inevitably hear a whole load of jargon banded around and have very little understanding of what any of it means. Some, such as shouting “hole” is much more obvious than others.

Here is my run down of the Top 5 Running Phrases you need to know:

  1. Parkrun – I have put this first for a reason. Parkrun takes place across the UK in public parks, typically starting at 9am. It is completely FREE! – Yes, that’s right…FREE. All you have to do is visit the Parkrun website, sign up and print your barcode. Every week hundreds of thousands of people around the world run, job or walk the timed course.
  2. PB / PR – Personal Best or Personal Record (typically used in the USA). This is the fastest time you have run a specific distance. It always feels nice to do something you previously thought impossible. Make sure you keep a record, it’s a great way to look back on your achievements.
  3. ITB – Illiotibial Band – For 99% of your life you won’t really care about it. Once you have taken up running, you’ll realise just how important this band of fascia is. It runs from your knee to your hip. It can get particularly tight when you start running, so it’s worth checking out some exercises to help keep it in tip top shape.
  4. Negative Splits – Easier to say than do! This is a race strategy where you complete the second half of the race faster than the first. If, like me, you always set off too quickly, this is one a goal to strive for.
  5. DOMS – This stands for delayed onset of muscle soreness. This the ache you feel 24-36 hours after completing exercise. Generally speaking, it’s nothing to worry about. However, if the pain continues it may be worth consulting a healthcare professional.

There are many, many more running terms you might not have heard of. The more you run, the more you hear (I still have to look some up after a busy group run). For one of the most comprehensive lists I’ve ever seen, check out Run Mummy Run.


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