By Cindy Lapeña
Bandit: A running bandit is actually a cheat who runs a rage without registering or paying an entrance fee. You can tell who they are because they don’t have the current bib. Although some think they can get away with using an old bib or a mock-up bib, runners know who the bandits are. They’re a bane to organizers and might even try to make trouble by demanding running paraphernalia and awards by claiming they registered and paid but lost their receipt or proof of payment. Bandits beware! Be found and be bound!
Barefoot Running: Just so you know, barefoot running was the norm before footwear was invented. Some podiatric health aficionados claim running barefoot helps prevent injuries and improve performance. Many modern runners advocate barefoot running because of that really trendy book, Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. Has anyone ever studied foot health in cavemen? I have my reservations. If you like the feel of pebbles and dirt under your feet and between your toes, by all means, go for it. I’m pretty sure after doing a few barefoot K the bottom of your feet will be thick enough not to need footwear. As for me, I like the soles of me feet a little thinner than a quarter of an inch.
Bib: You non-runners might think a bib is something runners have In case they happen to dribble while eating and drinking on the run. Yes, some of them do eat and drink on the run, but usually at nutrition or water stops. Others do like to chew or sip while running, and because of the movement, they might need a bib. A running bib will certainly serve that purpose, but it really is just a piece of paper with your designated number that you pin to your shirt during the run. Bigger runs have fancy canvas or plastic bibs with electronic chips affixed to the back to record your official start and ending times. (They’re also better for keeping the dribble off your shirt!) It’s good to have extra safety pins for your bibs in case you’re at a smaller race, in case they run out or you lose yours pins. I imagine bringing one of those plastic protectors for binders and the like will be good to keep your paper bibs together until the end of the race; not to mention, they’ve got built in holes for your safety pins!
Black Toenails: This is something runners have in common with professional ballet dancers. It’s not really something you can avoid if you’re a dedicated runner because the impact of running and pressure on your toes is almost like hammering at them over and over again. The result is discolored toenails, which can be quite disgusting to look at. But hey, some runners are proud of it. Also, because they do behave as if you slammed a car door shut on them, they might fall off completely. No surprises.
BPM: This stands for beats per minute (BPM), which is another way of calling your heart rate. That just means the number of heartbeats over a period of one minute. Once you really get into running, you might have a target BPM to get the most of your workout. Some people have really low BPMs and no matter how hard they work out or exert themselves, their BPM doesn’t rise. No worries. What you don’t want is for your BPM to disappear completely.
Boston: This is the marathoner’s shortcut for the Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world and held on Patriot’s Day in April of each year. It’s also one of the most prestigious marathons in the world, being the oldest annual marathon and the only one with a qualifying time.
BQ: Do you know that the PEI Marathon is a Boston Qualifier? That’s BQ to you! What that means is you want to complete the marathon with a finish time that qualifies for the Boston Marathon. For 2016, qualifying times range from 3:05:00 to 5:25:00 depending on your age and gender. Brackets by age begin at 18-34 with the oldest runners at 80 and above. Acceptance into the Boston Marathon is not automatic either and faster runners are accepted first; qualifiers with considerably faster times (for 2016, 2:28 faster) than their age group and gender were accepted. Because of such strict qualifying standards, the Boston Marathon is the ultimate goal for many runners.
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