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Bandit: A person who runs a race without signing up, and most importantly, paying for it.

Banking: Attempting to run fast early so when you get tired later you’re ahead of the pace you’re aiming for, thus you’ve got some time “in the bank” to fall back on and help you still manage your goals as you slow down. Generally considered a bad idea

Bib: The paper number you strap on that identifies you as part of a race

BQ: Short for “Boston Qualifier” referring to a time needed to get into the the prestigious Boston Marathon. See their website here for more information.

Corral: A designated starting area for certain groups of runners. I honestly thought this would involve getting into a physical corral like livestock when I first started running, but usually it’s just a portion of the area reaching back from the start line divided up with ropes or signs.

GI Distress: Short for “Gastrointestinal Distress” basically when your stomach is giving you issues (including but not limited to bloating, nausea or even out and out vomiting) during, or after, running

K: Because we measure many of our race distances in “foreign” this is short for kilometer, or approximately .62 miles. Thus a 5k is 3.1 miles, a 10k is 6.2, and so on.

Kick: Speeding up on that last small section of a race to push for a better time, place, etc.

LSD: Short of “Long Slow Distance” referring to a type of training run were you look to build your endurance by covering a long distance at a slow pace. In my personal opinion it also refers to the drug that offers a similar hallucinatory experience to the mental break down that can occur when you overstretch yourself on an LSD.

PR: Short for “Personal Record” i.e. your fastest recorded time at a certain distance or on a certain course

Single Track: Trails or running routes only wide enough for one runner

Talk Test: A way of measuring how hard you’re running. If you’re wheezing and barely able to speak you may be pushing too hard into your aerobic threshold during training. Or not. The test is a decent baseline of understanding, but very inexact.

Tree Line: The height at which trees will no longer grow because there isn’t enough oxygen for them as you proceed upwards in elevation.

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