You may have wondered to yourself, "What does PR mean?" or "What does BQ stand for?" or even "How far is a 15k?" But you probably didn't want to ask for fear of sounding like you were out-of-the-know or fear of dragging the conversation on any longer and having to pretend like you care. I get it. I know I have wondered those exact thoughts myself. So don't worry, Boo! I got you! Today I am demystifying all that runner's jargon for you with my very own Guide to Runner's Language!
Example - See my thighs.
Rungry - The insatiable hunger that ensues immediately after a long run. Also occurs as you ramp up your mileage while training for a long distance race.
Hangry - When you are beyond Rungry and so hungry you are angry, irritable, and just unpleasant to be around until food is in your belly!
PR - Personal Record (Seems Americans use this one more)
PB - Personal Best (Seems like the rest of the world uses this one)
5K - A 3.1 mile race
10K - A 6.2 mile race
15K - A 9.3 mile race
25K - A 15.5 mile race
Half Marathon - A 13.1 mile race
Marathon or Full Marathon - A 26.2 mile race
Ultra or Ultra Marathon - A race that is any distance longer than 26.2 miles. That means that my first marathon was technically an ultra coming in at 26.5 miles since I elected to do the extra detour.
The Wall - The invisible force that jumps out and smacks you in the face as you are running a great race ultimately taking away any chance at a PR by making you super exhausted and tired all of a sudden. Often shows up when you've gone out too fast in a race.
Example - I hit the wall at mile 22 and it was all bad news from there!
Skinny Up! - No, this doesn't mean go on a crash diet. It is a directive shouted out by a running coach letting you know the group is taking up too much of the road and you need to line up so you won't get hit by a car. Safety first kids!
Car Back! - A car is approaching your running group from behind you. Look out!
Biker Up! - A person on a bike is approaching you from the front, be aware and share the road!
Hole! - A runner yells this out who may be 10-15 feet ahead of you so you will know not to step in the hole in the ground and injure yourself.
BQ - Boston Qualifier or Boston Qualify or Boston Qualified
Also means to run a marathon fast enough to meet the criteria to run the Boston Marathon.
Little Potty - A polite way to tell your running group you have to urinate.
Example - I need a little potty break.
Big Potty - A polite way to tell your running group you have to do the opposite of urinate.
Example - Runner 1: I need to go to the bathroom. Runner 2: Do you need to go Little Potty or Big Potty?
Runner 1: Big Potty!
Bling - Another name for the finisher medal you get when you finish a race.
Bib - The number you must wear when you run a race to help race directors keep track of who's who for safety and timing reasons. They are usually made of Tyvek material and are impossible to pin on your shirt without looking like a drunk toddler helped you. #AlwaysOffCenter
Swag - The extra "free" stuff that you get when you register for a race. Sometimes they are awesome product samples, t-shirts, tech shirts, gloves, bags, water bottles, etc.
Marathon Maniac - A club of maniacal marathon runners who run marathons. A lot of marathons. Each Maniac is assigned a number and often they are displayed on social media like this:
Half Fanatic - A club of half crazy fanatical runners who don't go all the way. Also assigned an individual number like this:
The Course if Flat - A lie other runners or race directors tell you to make you falsely believe you can run this particular race with less effort than expected while aiming for a PR.
Definition #2 - A vary rare phenomenon not seen very often in long distance races. Most runners equate a flat course to the existence of Unicorns, Big Foot, Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, and El Chupacabra.
The Course is Hilly - A true description of most half marathon and full marathon courses.
Definition #2 - The immediate description from every runner who has ever been lied to about a flat course. Also could be the reason many runners missed a PR. Example: I didn't get a PR because the course was so hilly!