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!