Last updated on April 27th, 2018 at 05:30 pm
I still consider myself new to running. I have done a lot of reading about running lately. There are many new words I come across that I need to research. So, if you are a newbie runner such as myself, you should read these definitions.
This will be a living document. As I come across new terms, I will attempt to define them here. Please let me know if you have suggestions that should be added.
According to wikipedia, farklet is a Swedish word for speed play. It’s the mix of fast and slow running. I use a telephone pole strategy when I run farklets. I’ll run fast till the next telephone poll, and then slow down for the following pole and keep alternating for several kilometers.
Glycogen is a form of energy stored in muscles, used as a secondary long-term store of energy. When long distance runners deplete this form of energy, it is known as the term “Hitting the wall”. I’ve personally never ran long enough to hit the wall! (source: wikipedia)
Negative splitting is a racing strategy where the second half of a race is ran faster than the first half. Source: wikipiedia.
If you read running blogs, even this one, you’ll sometimes see that someone had a PR on a race. PR stands for Personal Best. Back when I was in university, we used the term PB, Personal Best. Both are equal!
If you Google the term split, you are more likely to find information on the gymnastic move or the ice cream treat. In terms of running, splits are the breakdown of the units (1 km or 1 mile) that make up your run. You can compare each split, or each individual kilometer and compare your pace.
Before a marathon race, athletes slowly cut down on their exercise over a period of several weeks; this is called tapering.
A tempo run is a race or run at a pace that is described as “comfortably hard”. Source: Runners World.
Do you often come across running terms that you have to look up?