UNDERSTANDING THE TERMINOLOGY OF RUNNING will be helpful if you wish to use a training plan, especially if the race you intend to run is longer than a 5K. That's because for these distances the plans will introduce sessions in which you are not simply walking or running continuously on a road, sidewalk, or path. There may be routines that require running on tracks or hills for specific distances, and at varying speed (paces) or time intervals.
An EXTENSIVE LIST of terms can be found online in the Road Runner Sports Runner Glossary
The Nike Run Club explains SPECIFIC TRAINING TERMS. Check out the NRC Half Marathon Plan if you want an "education" in how these terms are used in training and want to begin to understand the common training concepts. Although the plan is very detailed and may overwhelm someone who is attempting to follow a formal training program for the first time, especially if not familiar with "runner-speak", it demonstrates the sequencing of the various training workouts.
You may not wish to train in this manner, with times and distances and routines so rigidly defined, but reading about and visualizing the actual plans will begin to increase your knowledge of the sport and the principles behind the prescribed practices.
OTHER RESOURCES include:
- WalkJogRun Running Dictionary: Common Running Terms Defined
- New York Road Runners Training Terms
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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