Learn the Lingo: 20 (Columbus) Marathon Running Phrases to Know

Photo Sep 05, 4 36 46 PMNow that your physical and mental training are underway, it’s time to take the next step toward racing the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon like a pro. How’s that, you ask? By learning the lingo!

From pacing and Patient Champions to corrals and Celebration Village, there will be a lot of terms to remember come October. First, here are a few general running and marathon terms to know:

  • BQ: Boston Qualify. When a runner finishes their marathon in a fast enough time to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Bonus: Our fast and flat course is a great place to try! (Note: Because of the timing of our race/their registration, if you BQ during the 2013 Columbus Marathon, it’ll be for the 2015 Boston Marathon)
  • Easy run: Running at a relaxed pace. Tip: During an easy run, you should easily be able to carry on a conversation with someone beside you.
  • Kick: When a runner increases their speed during the final push of the race.
  • Pace: The amount of time it takes to run/walk one mile. Bonus: There are plenty of tools out there, like this, to help you determine what yours should be.
  • PR: What every runner wants … a personal record (aka PR)! The good news? If this year’s race is your first, you’ll automatically PR while running it!
  • Recovery run: A short, slow run – typically within a day or so of a long run.
  • Runner’s Knee: One of the most common injuries among runners, Runner’s Knee (as the name implies) refers to pain behind or around the kneecap. Here are a few tips to help identify and treat it.
  • Shin Splints: Pain on or around the shin bones, Shin Splints are another common injury among runners. Most of the time shin splints can be treated with rest and ice, but here are a few additional tips for treatment, if you need them.
  • Speedwork: Things like interval training, hill repeats or tempo runs that help improve speed and increase endurance.
  • Tapering: When a runner decreases their mileage during training to store energy for an upcoming race.
  • Tempo run: These are runs done at a steady effort level – typically just a bit slower than your regular pace – and they’re a great way to help you increase the length of your workout while gaining strength and speed.

Now that you’ve learned the basics, here are a few Columbus Marathon-specific terms to add to your list:

  • Children’s Champions: Children’s Champions are Columbus Marathon participants who choose to run, walk or cheer for the marathon or 1/2 marathon while fundraising for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As a Children’s Champion, you have the opportunity to reach beyond your personal training goals and support another mission: To cure, mend and comfort each child who walks through the doors of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. (Click here to learn more)
  • Miracle Mile Patient Champions: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is about much more than running or walking an incredible distance: It’s about the Miracle Mile Patient Champions we run for:
    • Patient Champions: Patient Champions are the miraculous kids who have shared their stories to inspire you and will be supporting runners and walkers every step of the way along this year’s course.
    • Encore Mile: The Encore Mile is a special miracle mile dedicated to the Patient Champions who represented Nationwide Children’s Hospital during the 2012 race. (When you see them at Mile 19, they’ll be sure to pump you up for your last long stretch!)
    • Angel Mile: This special miracle mile – located at Mile 12 – is dedicated to the angels who are no longer here with us. When you run through the Angel Mile, run for those kids who have passed, and be inspired to live every day to the fullest in honor of those who have already finished their race.
  • Pace Teams: Expert pacers with the Clif Bar Pace Team offer free pacing for all Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon runners. This team provides fun and excitement for both first time and experienced marathoners looking to reach their running goals. Joining a pace team will pair you up with like-minded runners and walkers who can help keep you motivated while making sure you are on track to finish – it’s a win-win!
  • Celebration Village: Whether you’re running or walking this year’s race, or cheering on someone else, Celebration Village is the place to be after you finish. There are shaded areas to relax, kids inflatables and live music to keep the energy flowing.

What other marathon lingo should runners know? Let us know in the comments!

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