Running Ideas


Running Terms

Aerobic- Uses oxygen when exercising- applies to long running at low or moderate intensity over longer distances

Anaerobic-with out oxygen, applies to very fast spurts of speed, as in sprinting

Anaerobic Threshold
- The transition phase between Aerobic and an anaerobic running

AIMS- Association of International marathons and road races

Athenas- category in events for women athletes over 70kg

Bandit- A runner who runs a race without registering or paying entry fee


Beep Test- A shuttle run test to measure cardio fitness


Bio Mechanics- The study of the bodies’ movement and function in relation to sports

BIA-bioelectrical impedance analysis is a small electrical current that is sent through the body (in our case through the feet); the resistance to the electrical stimulus is different when it encounters fat and when it encounters lean muscle and also skeletal tissue.


Body Composition-People of the same height and weight can have a very different body composition. The human body is made of many different tissues; mostly it is water, bone, muscle and adipose tissue (fat).

Bonk!- No not what you are thinking. In running is another term for hitting the wall in a race. Bonking is known to occur from 35km onwards in a marathon.

BPM- Beats per minute- referring to heart beats

Carb Loading-The process of building glycogen stores three days before a  long distance event, usually done by increasing consumption of carb rich foods and drinks


Clydesdale- A big runner, males over 90kgs

CR- Course Record

Cross Training- Other forms of exercise when combined with running give an all over exercise regime that give body parts time to build and, cycling, rowing etc

DNF- Did not Finish Race

DNS- Did not start race

DOMS-Deep onset of muscle soreness.., the pain and fatigue felt in muscles about 48 hours after intense exercise or new exercise

Dehydration- Lacking in fluids

Electrolytes- these are minerals (sodium, potassium, chloride) produced naturally by the body that can be sweated out during intense running, they can be replaced by electrolyte replacement drinks.

Endurance - the ability to run for a long, long time


Fartlek- Swedish term meaning speed play, meaning fast and slow running workouts

Fast Twitch Fibres
- a type of fibre in the muscle that can contracts very fast but fatigues easily.Sprinters are born with lots of these.


Foot strike- The way in which your foot strikes the ground each time you land on it, and the amount of times it strikes

Glycogen- The term given to the storage of carbohydrates in the body, glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles and if depleted it can cause a sudden drop in energy l

Heart Rate-each contraction or beat of the heart

Resting Heart Rate- The slowest point at which your heart beats, best measurement of this is when still lying in bed when you have just woken up

Maximum Heart Rate-The highest number of beats your heart can make in one minute

Half Marathon- One of the most popular running distances in the world- it is 21.1km or 13.1miles

Hit The Wall- It is the extreme fatigue and feeling like you cannot go on in a long distance event, the cause is he depletion of glycogen stores that give your muscles the energy to perform, it does pass!

Kick- The last final sprint to the finish line in a race

Orthotics- Inserts made for your shoes to correct any biomechanical imbalance in your running that causes pain or injury

Lactic Acid- a substance that occurs in the muscles when high intensity sport is performed, the breakdown of the acid in the muscles can cause fatigue and soreness

Last- The inserts in the base of your running shoe, that forms the shape of the shoe, there are three types of lasts…straight, curved and semi curved

Lateral- The outer side, so in shoes it’s the outside edge of your shoes or feet.

LSD- Yes it is a drug but in runners speak it is Long Slow Distance

Oxygen Debt-A state where the amount of oxygen you are inhaling isn’t enough to sustain the energy you are using, heavier, deeper breathing is required to correct this

Medial- To the middle, so in shoes and feet it’s the inner side

Metric Mile- 1500metres

Mile- 1609 metres, four laps of a standard track

Marathon- 42.2km, 26.2 miles

NR- National Record

Pace-A measure of your running speed, usually measured over a kilometre

Pronation-a natural, inward roll of the foot when it strikes the ground whilst running- Over Pronation- is when the foot rolls in too much and needs to be corrected to prevent lower leg injuries


Even- Ran an even pace all the way

Negative Split- Ran second half faster

Positive Split- Ran second half slower

Supination- The opposite of pronation. This is where the foot rolls outward on landing, not as common as over pronation, but can cause injuries in running and needs to be corrected with shoes or orthotics

PB- Personal Best Time (PW- Personal Worst)


Recovery Running- A slow pace used after intense speed work

RICE- A first aid term meaning Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation, which should be used for the initial treatment of many sort tissue injuries

Runners High- This feeling occurs when chemicals are released in the brain called endorphins; they can give you an elated feeling after you finish a run

Slow Twitch Fibres- a fibre within the muscle that contracts slowly and allows the muscles to perform for a long time. Marathon runners have lots of these. 

- This term refers to reducing your tuning distance and frequency in the last two weeks of your training program, usually leading up to a marathon or half marathon


Ultra Running- Runners who compete in any distance greater than a marathon (42.2km)

Veteran- For a runner to enter a veterans event, a male competitor needs to be over 40 years of age and a female competitor needs to be over 35

VO2Max- the maximum volume of oxygen the body is able to use during exercise. It is measured as millilitres per kilo of bodyweight per minute(ml/kilo/min).


WR- World Record



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