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Running Terms

By Molly Bitton and Preston Johnson

PR – Personal Record or Personal Best (PB)

CR – Course Record

DNF – Did Not Finish

DNS – Did Not Start

DFL – Dead F#@$%*g Last

BQ – Boston Qualify. The Boston Marathon is the oldest running marathon other than Greece. Runners must qualify with attainable yet fast times just to run it (unless you do a charity bib and raise funds for one of their partner charities) Qualifying is not an easy feat for most and it shows your determination, talent, and speed as a runner.

LROY – Longest Run of Year

LROL – Longest Run of Life

LSD – Long Slow Distance

Marathon – 26.2 miles (There is no such thing as a marathon 5K)

5K – 3.1 miles

10K – 6.2 miles

Half Marathon – 13.1 miles

Ultra – Any race over 26.2 miles (a marathon) is considered an Ultra. The most common distances are 50K, 50 miles, 100K, and 100 miles.

XC – Cross Country

T&F – Track and Field

Farmer Blow – Otherwise known as the “snot rocket, “ this is where you plug one side of your nose and blow hard and fast out of the other side hurling a “rocket” of snot to the side of the road. Make sure your aim is away from you and other runners. There are rules you know. Runners World has a great tutorial here.

Heel Drop – This refers to how much more cushion (in terms of vertical height) your shoe has in the heel vs. the forefoot. It is sometimes referred to as the “drop,” “offset,” or “ramp angle.”

Wall – This is the point of the race that nearly every runner experiences, when they feel like they almost can’t go on. This wall can be caused by a few different things – lack of training, lack of nutrition, lack of hydration, etc. This can be prevented by training properly, fueling before and throughout the race, and drinking an ounce or two of fluid at each water stop. Read More….

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by on Sep.27, 2018, under General Running


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