For those who do not understand text language IDK means “I don’t know.”
Every sport has its own special jargon and acronyms. Understanding them can be a little frustrating when you’re first getting into a particular sport. I remember the first marathon training schedule I read. I had no idea what the different acronyms meant so I skipped those days or just ran. It may not have been the wisest thing to do but I did it until I came across a running schedule that spelled the words out.
Back in November, a group of my friends from undergrad thought it would be a great idea to run in the Rock N Roll New Orleans Half together. Since then we have checked in and encouraged each other via phone calls, texts and social media. Early on, I posted a half marathon training schedule in our Facebook group. Last week I was running with a friend and she said, I read the running schedule you posted but I didn’t understand what the different symbols meant, so I made up my own schedule. Her response brought back to memory what I did when I saw my first running schedule. I then began to wonder how many novice runners have probably done the same thing?
Confused? I know I was when I came across a document like this a couple of years ago. Therefore, I decided to post a blog article on the different acronyms you may see on a running schedule.
EZ– Easy; As in easy pace; equivalent to jogging
XT or CT– Cross train; such as swim, bicycle, stationary bike, etc.
ST– Strength Training; Such as free weights, weight machines
LR– Long Run;
T-Tempo Run; “comfortably hard”—one that could be maintained for an hour in a race. (per Jack Daniels, PhD Author of Human Kinetics)
SI– Speed Intervals; Sets of short sprints. One time around a standard track is 400 meters. 4 times around a standard track is 1600 meters, which equals one (1) mile. An example you might see is 4 X 400. In track this would mean that four different people on a relay team will run 100 meters a piece. But in distance running this means 4 sets of running around the track one (1) time with a break in between. I will do another post on speed intervals.
NS-Negative Split Run; This is when you run the last of your run at a faster pace than for first portion.
Understanding these terms can actually turn your daily runs from just running into an actual workout. Going by a running schedule helps you set realistic goals and realistic steps towards achieving them. Please refer to my blog post Don’t Do’s For The New to read how to set a SMART Goal.
I really hope this helps folks. Let me know your thoughts on this post. And if there are any acronyms I forgot, please post them.
Love, Peace, and Sweat,
Monisha is the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha, her book, and her mission, please visit www.runnersrevelations.com.