A Running Dictionary: R-r-r-race R-r-r-unning!

By Cindy Lapeña

Rabbit: This one should be bigger than a bunny, maybe, but really, in races, rabbits, bunnies, and pace setters are all the same. Unlike the White Rabbit in Wonderland, these ones don’t disappear and aren’t always in a hurry. In fact, they keep a really steady pace so the runners can keep up with them.

Recovery Run: Don’t underestimate this short, slow run. While the miles you run in recovery are junk, a recovery run teaches your body to get used to running while fatigued. This really comes in handy when your somewhere around mile 18 of a marathon, and if you ever plan to run an ultramarathon, this will keep you going! The best time to do your recovery run? Always after any long, hard run.

Rest Day: Even God rested on the seventh day, so why shouldn’t you? Runners need at least that seventh day rest day to allow your bodies to recover and repair muscles and tendons. It doesn’t matter which day of the week you choose, of course, because the movies can be really good on a Friday night!

Road Race: Most runs are public road races, where the courses take place on paved roads, are clearly marked, and runners need to register to participate. That usually gets you a free t-shirt and a finisher’s medal or certificate, and if you’re in the top 3 of your category, you’ll likely get a nifty prize package too!

Runner’s High: If you’ve ever run a race, you’re likely to have experienced a state of pure bliss or euphoria, known as the runner’s high. This usually happens during or after a run, possibly because the body lacks oxygen and gets you lightheaded, or it could simply be the rush of adrenaline from the excitement and endorphins from the pain. It’s probably the same reason people eat hot food—and I mean red chili pepper hot—they’re just nuts.

Runner’s Knee: As a runner, you’ll be familiar with the initials PFPS. If you’re not, it’s about time you learned about this common runner’s injury. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is better known as runner’s knee, and you know you have it when you feel like your knee is giving out and you feel like you’re going to fall down. This pain is usually isolated around the kneecap and can give you that sudden weak-all-over feeling.

Running Tights: Unless you don’t mind showing off every single curve in your lower body, you don’t want to wear running tights. These spandex leggings come in full, mid-calf, knee, or above-the-knee lengths and are really good for keeping heat in and wind out. If you want to benefit from the warmth and support, but don’t want to show your curves, you can always wear them under other clothes or a costume.

Next time: Ssssee you at the racessss!

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