When I first started running, I spent a lot of time diving into all of the jargon that comes along with runners just so I’d feel like I could keep up with the conversation. Turns out, I really don’t ever use much of that jargon, but knowing some of it helps with reading about running and I do A LOT of reading about running.
Here are some great places to get started to learn the jargon:
My favorite for newbies: Runners World A Guide to Common Running Terms
Also, I love running books so check out my books tab to the right or linked here for reviews of a bunch of books to help you figure out what people are talking about.
Most running terminology is pretty self-explanatory. Hill repeats? Just what they sound like. Likewise for speedwork. It took me a while to get the hang of talking about pace (as in how many minutes it takes you run a set distance) rather than MPH like the treadmill reports, but now that is second nature. I confess I still have to go back to my Hanson’s to refresh my memory about aerobic and anaerobic and all of that stuff (great resource for explaining those!). Fartlek is possibly my favorite running word but I rarely use it. Instead I just talk about “pick ups.” Tempo is another favorite, mostly because everyone seems to define tempo pace as something different.
It is helpful to know the abbreviations so “DFL beats DNS” mean something. 🙂 I think the only abbreviation I personally ever use is “PR” although these days it is more in the sense of a distance PR than a time PR. Still counts though! (PR = personal record)
I had a student once offer to be my “rabbit” and I was a little confused by that one. I looked it up (on the Greatist list above) and thankfully she’s not crazy – just fast for short distances and offering to help be a pacer.
As his Nana said, if we put anything heavier than pencils in that thing he’ll tip over like a turtle. It’s so big on his little shoulders! My baby is growing up.
And apparently something we should all be reading for a laugh: Runners of North America Sorry I missed book club this month Wendy!