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RUNNER'S LINGO

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RUNNER'S
LINGO
SPEAK LIKE THE RUNNER YOU ARE.

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Speaking the language will help make you feel every bit the runner you are.
Here are 10 runner’s terms to know.
1 – SPEED RUN A Speed Run is where you run fast for multiple brief periods. These intervals can be the same length
and pace with the same amount of recovery time, or can involve various distances, paces and recovery
periods. Intervals are the best way to improve your fastest pace. Ideally, this type of a workout is done
on a track but it can be done just about anywhere. You may choose to use city blocks, traffic lights or even trees as interval markers.
2 – ENDURANCE RUN An Endurance Run is a long distance run at a comfortable pace. It is an essential part of your training that
helps the body and mind adapt to increased distances. This run should be run as a Progression Run (see
definition of Progression Run).
3 – RECOVERY RUN Recovery Runs are the runs you do on days between your hard workouts. They shouldn't be challenging,
but they should be run progressively (see definition of Progressive Run). Recovery Runs are just as
important as your hard workouts.
4 – PROGRESSION RUN Progression Runs are runs that start at a slower pace and finish at a faster pace. They improve stamina and
allow the body to adapt to the stress of running. Anytime you're not doing a speed or strength workout, you
should aim to run progressively.
5 – FARTLEK The Swedish term for speed play, a Fartlek works on speed and strength by alternating distances an
paces during a continuous run. An example Fartlek workout structure could be one minute running easy
followed by one minute running hard, repeated for a certain amount of minutes, miles or alternating every
city block.
6 – TEMPO PACE This is the pace that teaches your body to be comfortable being uncomfortable by maintaining a quick
and steady pace for a specified distance.
7 – STRIDES These are very short, fast efforts that build your overall speed without exhausting you. Not all-out sprints,
but fast, relaxed running. Take plenty of recovery between each stride. Start with two or three after your
run, and eventually work your way up.
8 – OVERPRONATION This occurs when your heel contacts the ground, and your foot rolls inward excessively as you toe-off with
your big toe.
9 – PR OR PB A personal record or personal best – a person’s fastest time at any given distance. 10 – PACE When runners talk about pace, they are referring to the amount of time it takes to run one mile. So,
10-minute pace becomes a run at 10-minutes per mile.

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Sounds easy enough, right?

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