Greatist: The Ultimate Guide to Running Lingo

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Have you ever heard a runner complaining about their IT Band or blabbering about how bad they need to foam roll and found yourself wondering what the heck they’re talking about? I’ll admit that I’ve been there before. Even after a few years of running I’m not 100% familiar with all of the jargon associated with the sport, which is why I think this guide from Greatist is Awesome with a capital A. (Super, super bonus points for embedding a reference to Michael Scott and The Office.)

Here are few of the terms I was previously unfamiliar with and especially liked reading about:

Fartleks: A fartlek not only makes us giggle, it’s an easier form of speedwork for beginners. Meaning “speed play” in Swedish, fartleks are easy runs broken up by quick sprinting bursts. When changing speed though, the runner calls the shots (unlike more rigid intervals). So newbies can make it as fast and as hard as they can handle. That’s what she said.

Pronation: This refers to the way the foot strikes the ground while running. If someone is an overpronator, their foot rolls inward while running (guilty!). If someone has excessive wear on the outside of their sneakers, they’re likely an underpronator. Getting fitted for a proper running shoe can help with correcting both.

ITBS: This painful injury to the IT band in the leg (which runs from the hip, down the thigh, across the knee, and through the shin) can leave many runners (myself included) sidelined. Before totally cursing IT Band Syndrome, massage, stretching, and strength training tend to help. Hey, ITBS, meet the foam roller!

Click here to read the entire list! (The Ultimate Guide to Running Lingo)

Are there any terms you would add to the list?