Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fartleks are still funny- Running terms defined pt. 2

Last week's post "Fartleks Have Nothing To Do With Farting" was hands down my most popular post to date...I mean, we are all adults here...but I think it was because the word "fart" was in the title... don't lie...that's why you read it...and that is why you are reading this one too ;)

I thought since last week's post was so popular, I would go ahead and write another post defining a few more of the confusing running terms.

Unfortunately, there aren't really any other funny ones like fartleks...but I will do my best to keep you entertained ;)

Pace- I realized that last week while describing several of the other terms I referred to another term some of you might not be familiar with. Pace is the speed in which you are running. For example if someone says that their pace is 8:45. This means that they can run a mile in 8 minutes and 45 seconds. Pace is also something that is referred to a lot in training plans...you want to run different paces for different types of runs. A shorter run will have you running a faster pace, but your longer runs are usually done at a much slower pace.

Overall pace- this is your average pace for your whole run. If you were to run 4 miles in 36 minutes, your overall pace would be 9:00. 

5k pace/10k pace- you may see these terms in training plans. Your training plan may call for 4 miles at a 5k pace or intervals at a 10k pace. These paces are different for everyone. If a training run called for a 5k pace, you would run at the same speed YOU would run at if you were running a 5k race....and same for a 10k. Your 10k pace will be a slower pace than your 5k pace. The longer the race = slower the pace. 

Bonk or Hitting the Wall- this is a term I became all too familiar with during my last half-marathon. When you "bonk" or "hit the wall" your body just seems to quit or you feel as if you literally ran into a wall. Your glycogen supply depletes and you feel as if you cannot take another step. This.is.awful! 

Runner's High- this is the complete opposite of the previous term...this is that moment of elation where you feel great and as if you can run forever. I'm not 100% sure that this is a real thing...but I do have runs or moments in my run where everything feels perfect and easy and like I could run forever.

Tapering- This is the period of time before a race where you cut back on your mileage and allow your muscles to rest so they are ready to perform on race day. Tapering can vary in length depending on the length of the race. I began tapering 10 days before my half-marathon, but I am pretty sure I have almost 3 weeks of tapering scheduled into my marathon training plan. The longer the race...the longer the taper. Some people hate tapering...but I have to say I am looking forward to it :)

Alright class...that is all the time we have for today (can you tell I am practicing my teacher voice for the first day of school....in 9 days!!!)

For next week's post I will go over terms that you might hear when your at a running store looking for the perfect pair of shoes!

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  1. These posts are pretty fun to read! Can't wait for me. And enjoy your last week of vacation before school starts! #wowlinkup

  2. I dunno, bonk is pretty funny... Haha thanks for sharing such good info in such an entertaining way :) #wowlinkup

  3. Oh thank you thank you thank you!!! This is really helping me! I can possibly actually join a conversation about running and know what I'm talking about and what everyone else is saying. Love this post! #wowlinkup

  4. I have had those runner high feelings a lot even in other activity. What you describe above is a runner's high and congrats because not everyone gets to workout nirvana. I know because some of clients have never felt it. #wowlinkup