A2B Glossary of Terms

20 Degree Rule

When you run, dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer than it actually is.  If you are still unsure about what to wear, check out Runner’s World’s “what to wear” calculator.

Fartlek

A form of speed work. Means "speed play" in Swedish.  Calls for repeatedly switching the pace from normal pace to fast for some distance, then returning to normal pace.

Flat Stanley

a story about a boy who is flattened by a bulletin board when he sleeps. As a result he is able to travel in envelopes and have many adventures as a flat person. The Flat Stanley Project has children creating their own Flat Stanley paper cutouts and mailing them to friends and family around the globe.  For more info, check out FlatStanley.com.

Hamstring

The hamstrings are the large group of muscles in the back of the thigh. They consist of three muscles that run from above the hip to below the knee joint.

Iliopsoas

The main hip flexor and a complicated muscle group that is deep inside the trunk and cannot be seen from the outside.

Iliotibial Band

a strong, thick band of fibrous tissue that runs along the outside of the leg. The IT band starts at the hip and runs along the outer thigh and attaches on the outside edge of the shin bone just below the knee joint. The band works with the quadriceps (thigh muscles) to provide stability to the outside of the knee joint during movement.

Japanese Figural Pencil Erasers

Pencil erasers in the shape of popular Japanese figurines.  They can be purchased on-line at Google Shopping or in person at Coco's Variety Store.

Mizuno

A manufacturer and distributor of high quality golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear. Mizuno also makes my favorite running shoe. the Mizuno Wave Rider

Oblige

[uh-blahyj]  verb, o·bliged,o·blig·ing.
verb (used with object)
  1. to require or constrain, as by law, command, conscience, or force of necessity.
  2. to bind morally or legally, as by a promise or contract.
  3. to place under a debt of gratitude for some benefit, favor, or service: I'm much obliged for the ride.
  4. to put (one) in a debt of gratitude, as by a favor or accommodation: Mr. Weems will oblige us with a song.
  5. to make (an action, policy, etc.) necessary or obligatory: Your carelessness obliges firmness on my part.

Personal Best

Also known as a "Personal Record" or a  "PR" Refers to your best time in a race of a specific distance. So, if you run a 5K race in 28:45, that's your PR for the 5K distance. If you run faster than 28:45 in a subsequent 5K race, then you have a new PR for that distance. So you'll have PRs for different race distances, from 1-milers to marathons. Experienced runners love to talk about their PRs because it helps them stay motivated to keep training and racing. Many runners keep track of their PR's in a runners log.

Personal Record

Commonly referred as "PR" Also known as a "Personal Best" Refers to your best time in a race of a specific distance. So, if you run a 5K race in 28:45, that's your PR for the 5K distance. If you run faster than 28:45 in a subsequent 5K race, then you have a new PR for that distance. So you'll have PRs for different race distances, from 1-milers to marathons. Experienced runners love to talk about their PRs because it helps them stay motivated to keep training and racing. Many runners keep track of their PR's in a runners log.

Quadriceps

a group of muscles along the front of the thigh.

Rest Day

A day with no running. Should occur at least once per week.  The body needs this down time to recover and repair/strengthen itself.

Run By

noun occurs when your running route leads you passed the home of a family member, a friend, or other people that you loved and admire. Also applies to personal landmarks.

Speed Work

Training methods designed to train your body to run faster.

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