13.1 race words clarified for 13.1 miles



1. Negative Split

isn’t: An extreme yoga move only to be attempted by the world's most flexible yogis.
is: Running the second half of your race faster than the first half - Yah ya did!

2. PB

isn’t: A Peanut Butter sandwich.
is: Unless it’s the best peanut butter sandwich you've ever made, a PB is your Personal Best time per distance - congrats, you smashed it!

3. Fartlek

isn’t: … It wasn’t me.
is: A type of training you can add to your routine where you run several intervals at varying intensities.

4. Foam Roller

isn’t: The only thing standing between you and curls Shirley Temple would be jealous of.
is: Your new best friend/worst enemy. Use a foam roller to massage sore muscles - it'll hurt so good.

5. Hitting a Wall

isn’t: Actually hitting a physical wall (Looney-Tunes styles).
is: That feeling you get when you really just don't think you can possibly go any further (but then you do because you're awesome). Note: to prevent this, try #6 Carbo-loading

6. Carbo-loading

isn’t: The last step of production at the Wonder Bread factory.
is: Carbs are stored as glycogen in your muscles which is your body's favourite (and most accessible) source of energy. Eating carbs pre-race day will help you avoid #5. Hitting a Wall. Now, bring on the pasta! Ed's note: Carbo-loading is a fine art, learn how to master it!

7. Bib

isn’t: An accessory that you best be reppin' when you're #6. Carbo-loading.
is: A super fancy (not) piece of paper with your designated race number. Your bib gets pinned to your shirt during your race and proves you're legit.

8. Chip Time

isn’t: When the hostess of a party cracks open a bag of Tostitos – where's the guac at?
is: The electronically-recorded official time it takes you to get from the start line to the finish line.

9. Chafing

isn’t: A dish with a heating apparatus beneath it - commonly found at a buffet.
is: Err... uncomfortable rashes or irritation in uncomfortable places as a result of long runs, sweat and clothing. Luckily we know a place where you can get some sweet chafe-resistant gear. Wink!

10. Corral

isn’t: Where John Wayne stands to fire the starting gun.
is: Race participants are typically broken up into various groups according to their expected finish times - this helps free up some space on the route so everyone can run their hearts out.

11. Pace Bunnies

isn’t: Hugh Hefner's athletic squad…
is: Runners who are committed to keeping you on pace during a race so you cross the finish line with a #3. PB

12. Pick-Ups

isn’t: “Are your legs sore? Because they’ve been running through my mind all day…”
is: Running at a relaxed pace and then amping it up to controlled sprints for a designated amount of time… and repeat!

13. IT Band Syndrome (ITBS)

isn’t: A deep level of depression that occurs as a result of your favourite electronic band breaking-up due to technical difficulties.
is: Your IT Band is a band of tissue that runs from the hip down to your tibia. IT Band Syndrome is a common injury for runners. For relief try use a #6. Foam Roller to help loosen up the area (and, of course, consult a physician).

13.1. Runner

isn’t: an exclusive term used to describe someone who is hardcore, has qualified for the Boston Marathon and runs 100 miles a week without breaking a sweat.
is: You! You are a runner because you run. Now start telling people you are!

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11 Comments »


Love!! So funny yet informational.

Comment by Katie — June 15, 2012 @ 4:02 pm


Love this! ;)

Comment by Rana — June 15, 2012 @ 4:12 pm


I keep waiting for the day that Lulu creates a shirt with the bib (#7) pin holes pre-made! Just seems like a matter of time.

Comment by Laura — June 15, 2012 @ 4:37 pm


Love this too!!

Comment by Kelly — June 15, 2012 @ 10:41 pm


This is good, good motivational words for someone who wants to do something or pursue something.Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Margaret M. — June 18, 2012 @ 1:13 pm


Cute!

Comment by Nance — June 18, 2012 @ 5:42 pm


This was great! Full of humor and great info for all runners new and seasoned! I am the former! Thx.

Comment by Marcia — June 19, 2012 @ 2:04 am


This is pure awesomeness. BUT, as a running coach I’ve got to say that no one says ‘PB’, the term is ‘PR’ , which means personal record! Maybe PB is a Canadian thing? Lol.

Comment by Katy — June 19, 2012 @ 3:44 am


This has actually cleared a few things up for me! Thanks for a great post :)

Comment by Sara Hamil @ They Call It Gumption — June 19, 2012 @ 6:30 am


Thank you- love it and I say PB!!! I hadn’t heard of PR until just recently. But then….I am Australian :)

Comment by Nat — June 19, 2012 @ 9:31 pm


Never heard of PB only PR. I think I might switch to PB just cause I love the stuff so much!

Comment by Angela @ Happy Fit Mama — June 20, 2012 @ 10:37 am


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