Running Vocab

Good news, J is not afraid of the swings! We spend an hour and a half at the park yesterday. We both needed it and J enjoyed exploring(J picked up clumps of grass, snow, and tasted some wood chips<-fiber right?)


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and yes the dinosaur comes with us most places. . .

My running blog story started about 2 years ago. What is a running blog story you ask? It’s the story of how I got into following running blogs.

I went out to lunch with my friends Pam and Kristin. During our conversation Pam mentioned her friend that started a running blog and made some money off of it. I had never heard of a blog just for running so I was curious and went home and started reading The Hungry Runner Girl’s blog. I was hooked and soon started following other running blogs. Throughout my reading I came across a lot of running vocab that I didn’t understand. I thought I’d go over some common vocab that isn’t so common for all.

Running Vocab

Interval Training (fartlek, High Intensity Training(HIT))-Help to increase your running speed. During a workout you have short sprinting sessions followed by slower recovery sessions. More info here

Tempo Run– Also help to increase running speed. Similar to an interval workout, but your sprint is longer and at your goal pace of what you hope to eventually run either during a race or simply to get faster. This article really helped me understand what a tempo run is.

Progression Run-Starting a run out at a slower pace and gradually running and ending at a faster pace than you started. Here is more info.

LR– Abbreviation for long run, during a half or full marathon training plan your weekly workouts include a long run(i.e. mon-3 miles, wed, 5 miles, sat LR, 8 miles)

PR-Abbreviation for personal record, when you beat your previous time in a certain distance

PDR– Abbreviation for personal distance record, for example, I have never ran more than 15 miles, so 15 miles is my PDR

What other running vocab did I forget?

Was anyone else confused by this language when they were new runners?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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25 Responses to Running Vocab

  1. I’ve always wondered what a tempo run was, I’ll definitely be checking the article out. And yay for not being afraid for the swings!

  2. Mary says:

    How about DNF and DNS – Did Not Finish and Did Not Start…these used to always confuse me when looking through race results!
    I’ve been running two years now but Lactic Acid is something I still struggle to explain to others…

  3. Ooh! Good list! I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone use PDR, but that’s a good one to know, because now that I’ve seen it once, I’m sure I’ll see it one million times! I was TERRIBLY confused by fartlek when I first started, I was like uh, I mean maybe I fart when I run (KIDDING)!

  4. pickyrunner says:

    It’s funny that I just assume people know every running term I use and they totally don’t. Not everyone is a runner so it’s funny to see where the confusion lies.

  5. This is a great list! I’m so not good with running lingo – I just head out and run and tend to not worry about PRs, etc and focus instead on just doing what feels best for me!

  6. Erin says:

    He looks sooo much like you!! So cute

  7. negative split…I use that term a lot but it’s basically the same thing as the progression run 🙂 oh and i love fartleks! woo!

  8. Runner Girl Eats says:

    Great explanations! I def had to google a lot of these when I first started reading blogs. And HRG is the first blog I read too!

  9. I didn’t know these terms for the longest time either. Several of my friends in college were runners so I finally got around to understanding them. PR always through me off because I naturally think public relations (my job!) 🙂

  10. Running definitely does have a vocabulary! This was a great idea for you to share some common terms! 🙂

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