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Running Lingo

Friday, July 31, 2009

I am borrowing this off of a blogger because it was an amusing read emoticon

The technical side of running has much jargon. Parting with the usual approach to my usual posts this time I creatively elaborate on a few key terms. Beyond VO2max and anaerobic thresholds we have terms which reflect the pace of running. Everyone has heard of running, sprinting and jogging. The problem is of course that these terms are limited when you think of all the different paces out there. Like Eskimos who reportedly have twelve words for snow, we need more descriptive words for our running. In that vein, here is a starter list.

1. Perhaps you’ve slogged through a run. It was probably not a good one.

2. Jalking or wogging is a pace between jogging and walking.

3. Bounting or sprounding is something between a bounding stride and a sprinting stride.

4. Some people grunt as they run, we can say that they are grunning.

5. Some of us who have breathing problems wheeze as we run and therefore we actually are could be reezing or wheening or wheezning or even wheezuning (it’s like having a lisp and saying “reasoning”).

6. Someone who really runs fast, who simply flies as they sprint could be flinting or splying.

7. When we are just beginning and scuff our feet with each stride as we attempt to jog we might be scogging, scruffing or scrunning or even runnuffing.

8. Beginners also at times have that precursor to actual jogging when they don’t quite leave the ground with each stride yet, they have a running motion in their arms. Perhaps this is simply pre-running, pre-jogging, progging or prunning.

9. You know those times when you simply cruise along effortlessly? That of course is cruining.

10. Run-walk strategies for distance events should really be called ralking.

11. My brother dragged is foot through Ragnar Relay. He wasn’t really running. I think he was drunning or dragunning.

So, how many other new words help us describe a “run”?

And for folks who still don't understand all the 'lingo', like is a plentiful list of terms used and their meaning.

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DSQUARE22 8/4/2009 10:03PM

    I liked the blog although I didn't care for the terms. I used the analogy of the Eskimos and their many terms for snow at work. I noted we., as nurses, have many terms we use for things we frequently encounter on the job. Not to get graphic but we have many terms dealing with elimination of bodily wastes.
Good luck in your preparation for the marathon.
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BOILERINAZ 7/31/2009 4:30PM

    totally funny - thanks for posting! :) I could put this as a poster on my wall and enjoy it! haha

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HEALTHYCHIC 7/31/2009 9:35AM

    Wierd! DH called me from work the other day talking about the Ragnar. Going to do it some year.

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1BIGDREAM 7/31/2009 9:32AM

    Funny, I have been calling the walk-run training sessions "Ralks"--I must be more of a runner than I thought!

#8 has been thinking about whether I do this and what the alternative might be. Does everyone know I'm a beginner just by looking at me!?

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NINJALINDA 7/31/2009 8:45AM

    I can't decide whether to be a jalker or a wogger emoticon Great steal on this blog...loved it!

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CUBANJELLY 7/31/2009 8:05AM

    Very cute! I catch myself using "lingo" a lot - when you run, you think everybody knows the language! LOL


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Marathon Training: Week 13, Day 3

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Waaaaaay too hot out there, kids. I had enough sense to text the neighbor and ask if I could use her treadmill. She said no problem and off I went. I decided that I would try and stick to 30 minutes, because I have gone over by nearly 20 minutes on my runs just to get a specific distance in. Galloway just wants me to go as far and fast as I can (using my common sense) in 30 minutes for the short runs. Since I was still a little achy from the half marathon...I figured it best to take it easy. I will try to stick to this time frame from now on since my distance on the LSDs will go up up up. So here goes:

Temp: 70s (indoors)
2.43 miles
30:25 duration
12:30 pace
550 calories burned

A low grumble from each knee at some point during it. No discomfort in the shins. A little bit of burning sensation on the right side. The discomfort that I am having feels like it is at the base of each butt cheek (sorry TMI) and felt like hip but I guess definitely not the hip. Not sure what that is. Anywho...I'm feeling good all things considered. It would be interesting to see if I improve my 5k time by sticking to 30 minutes. We'll see!

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TRILLIUM22 7/29/2009 9:21AM

    If you raced the half take it easy for at least 2 weeks. You sound like you are already doing that.

As to the race course measuremnet on my first half that I ran/walk which was also my first half with a Garmin I actually got a measure of 13.3 miles! It was a big race and I really did not run it with the idea of cutting each corner. I also ended up crossing for water and to be on the side where my friend was waiting to cheer me on. Additionally you need to be out of the way when walking and you seem to have to dodge people when you start up running---at least when your in a crowd.

You're doing great and I'll be cheering you on as you work towards that 26.2 mile distance.

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MMESTANZ1 7/28/2009 11:43PM

    First congrats on your 1/2 marathon! My last 1/2 was also very hilly so I feel your pain! I saw on the team (1st marathon in 2009) page that you're doing an October full so it seems like you do have some time to rest after your race to let your body take care of those aches and pains. I am sure the treadmill ended up being a blessing in disguise as far as taking away some of the shock of running. My first full race (the Twin Cities Marathon) is also in October so I'll be right there training with you!

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Race Route Measuring

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This was a curious topic for me, so I putzed around the Web earlier today. Seems that multiple things can throw off your device's measurement vs. the 'official' measurement. My Nike+ is not calibrated for hilly surroundings (mild inclines in a few places but nothing extreme). Couple that with not keeping to the exact route that they measured to reach 13.1...and you can have some differences. More insightful for me than anything.

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HEALTHYCHIC 7/28/2009 3:40PM

    I find that on overcast days, or runs that bring me under tree cover, my forerunner doesn't know what to do with my pace. Thanks for these links, very interesting.

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Marathon Training: Week 13, Day 1 and Half Marathon

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sometimes this Summer weather is sketchy! I did not oversleep, and got myself together in good time. Chowed on an energy bar and cup of joe. They announced at the Half Marathon that, due to the course type (i.e. hills w/ blind curves and cars that would whip around) that music was not allowed. I thought that I could not use the Nike+. I was happy to talk to another Nike+ fanatic who just told me not to plug in the earplugs but to set it up. I did and tucked it in my bra. Woot! I made fast friends with another person at my pace. She is also in training for the Marine Corps Marathon.

It was pouring when we started. I was waiting to hear thunder. thunder. Good thing! I will just say this...oh my the hills! I was told yesterday by aw up fellow runner that it was known to be hot, humid, and hilly. Fortunately, the bad weather kept the sun from shining for the first half and the humidity did not show up until the clouds moved off. A lot of good tree cover to keep a lot of the heat/humidity off of us as it really did not seem awful.

Around mile 9 I did feel my hip a bit. I thought I would feel that for the duration but I took it easy and overall...not nearly the discomfort from my last 13 miler by any means. I am not sure on the Nike+...I registered 13.1 far sooner than their the extra 2 miles I had to tack on did not take much past the finish line. are the results:

Temp: started out in the high 60s. finished in the low 80s.
15 miles
3:35'37 duration
14:22 average mile/10:56 fastest pace
3459 calories burned

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KCCAT77 7/28/2009 12:16PM

    Awesome. Great job! I am just about to start training for my first marathon in December. Wishing you all the best of luck.

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COOPSM 7/28/2009 11:49AM

    You did a great job!!! Be very proud...congrats!!!

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TAMTAM64 7/28/2009 9:21AM

    Congrats on a great race! Hills are always tough but they make your legs so much stronger.

You are doing great with your training! Keep on going!


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RHYNIC 7/28/2009 8:20AM

    you did it. congratulations. My garmin measure my marathon course to be a bit longer than 26.2...still I go by their distance. :-) if your nike was off by a lot, you might need to recalibrate it. You did it. Will you be doing it again? gail

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TURTLEGIRLPA 7/27/2009 5:18PM

    WooHoo! Great job on your half, especially with the hot and inclement weather! You're lucky your Nike+ works w/o headphones - mine have to be plugged in for it to record any readings for some reason. I don't trust my Nike+ for mileage, though. Depending on how far I'm going it is off anywhere from 1/2 mile to 1 mile, probably because I never took the time to calibrate it. Did you follow Galloway's plan for the 1/2? I am so proud of you! MCM here you come!


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_MSAPRIL17_ 7/26/2009 9:09PM

    CONGRATS!!! I was hoping you would post your experience.



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NINJALINDA 7/26/2009 7:06PM

    Wow - that is GREAT! I can't yet imagine running that far. And look at those calories burned...unbelievable. I'd better get out there tomorrow & run, run, run.

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Marathon Musing

Friday, July 24, 2009

Saw this on Cafe Press and really liked it. Must be the reasoning behind my inspiration and I didn't even know it!

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2WHEELER 7/25/2009 11:07AM

    That is great! I'll have to print it and post it on my bulletin board.

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TRILLIUM22 7/25/2009 9:57AM

    Wonder if I'll ever feel I have the time/courage to tackle the full. Good luck as you keep working towards your goal.

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    I love it....I wonder if they have a half marathon one...that is what I feel thinking about the half. You marathoners have my respect.

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