Saturday, August 14, 2010

Runner's Lingo- Conversations of a Runner



Have you ever dropped in on a conversation and felt as if you were listening to a dialogue of codes?  Well if you are ever in the company of runners, you will inevitably hear what I call, “runner’s lingo.”  Here’s an example:



Jane:  Did Andrew BQ at CAL?

Jack:  No, but he definitely PR’d.  If he BQ’d, it wouldn’t have counted.  He lost his chip at the start and didn’t know it.  He got a DNS.

Jane:  I don’t know what’s worse a DNS or a DNF. 

Jack:  I know.  Well, Andrew’s been doing a lot of cross training, hill repeats, and Fartleks for his training, which is better than the LSD that I do. 

Jane:  LSDs are good in a pack.  I find that running the first half of the race in a pack helps me with my negative splits.  In the second half, I make them road kill.

Jack:  The only time I kick it is when I see the finish line, but that’s only if I don’t bonk before then. 

Jane:  I saw you make a dash for it in the end. But you got chick’d!

Jack:  Don’t remind me-- Nothing like being beat by a girl!

If you understand the dialogue above, then you are a serious runner.  If not, don’t worry.  You are not alone.  I found this great guide to help you out.  Saucony calls it THE LANGUAGE OF RUNNING.  Learning a few terminologies will help get you by so you don’t feel left out of the inner circle.

Whether you are a jogger, a casual runner, or a walker; you, too, can sound like a serious runner!



2 comments:

  1. I laughed my way through this post because I've been involved in this exact type of conversation. Not with all the terms but most of them. Too funny!

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  2. Hi NY girl. Thanks for your comments. I remember my first time running with a group and hearing talks about PR's and Gu. I didn't know what they were talking about. I just nodded pretending I knew. BTW, I like your blog and your healthy recipes. I'm going to have to add you to my blogging community!

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