Popular Theatre artist and avid runner, Guest Columnist T M Karthik, gives his take on what running terminology should really mean with a humourous twist.
Statutory Apology : This is just for fun, folks 😉
Want to walk the walk—or in this case, run the run? Then it’s time to learn how to talk the talk! Everyone knows runners are all a liiittle bit crazy, so it’s no surprise they have a language all their own. Think of this guide to runner’s slang as the helpful subtitles to “ Crap ,Runners Say.” C’mon, it was only a matter of time before runners got in on the fun too.
Form : Something you fill in India wherever you go, including marathon registration, alternately a term used by Peter pasanga with fake Accent talking about vayal
Foot Strike :when one or both feet refuse to move as part of the union, alternate name for kaladipet
Warm-Up: high fever or the vetti gethu you supposedly do before run
Static stretching : Without moving your butt an inch and full peela about your supposed PB
Dynamic Stretching: same as above but doing it to fellow Runners about your semma run in Romania
Strides : The number of steps u take to realize u can’t run to save your life.
Cadence: The KDs who act dense when u try to convince them about discount coupons
Trail Running: When you leave behind banana peels, water bottles ,tetra packs for others to clean up.
Barefoot Running :Attempted by those who are undecided about shoe budgets,
Marathon Runners : On road asylum
Ultra-marathoner: Over bandha runners, usage : Aye romba ,ultraan ille ?
Elite: Mousetrap using tea, yet to find usage in running
Triathlete: someone trying to be an athlete
Easy Run : No such thing
LSD: Rave running.
Recovery Run: going back on the same route to search for wallets, water bottles, watch etc
Interval Training: taking your kids out fr a run to explain what they should do during intervals in school
Hill Repeats : Doing arrears runs on hills
Tempo runs : Hire a tempo and run behind it, if u can’t ,jump in
Pick-Ups: using the same tempo to assist others
Strength Training :For running groups to show on fb how their group strength is stronger, using Photoshop if needed
Cross-Training : How to put into mark while running ,sometimes used to refer to getting angry at training
Rest Day: Most productive running day
Garmin : A device that teaches you how to run badly by tilting your head towards your wrist
Fuel Belt:A belt to buy petrol when govt plans on rate increase
Running Tights: Holding on to the shorts or tracks knowing they may slip
Vibrams : A type of shoes where you pay through your nose ,but the shopkeeper keeps most of the shoes
Pronation: Patriotic runners
BPM: Name of a runners political party
Endurance: The state of runner spouses
Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Exercise:When you go up ( Yaeruvadhu) vs your elder brother ( Annen) going up , on runs
Glycogen: the generation of Runners who are glucose pychos
Lactic Acid: Form of rowdy acid attacks by weak runners
VO2 Max: Short form for maximum 5 oxygens in Roman
Chafing: chewing something while pfaffing
DOMS: Sad accommodation at outstation runs
Foam Roller: Slightly bigger shaving cream device
Runner’s Knee : Just like anyone else’s knee
Shin Splints: Complicated term for mozhangal pain
Plantar Fasciitis : Fancy term for Physio’s bill
ITB: Running with head band on OMR
Ice Baths: When heater doesn’t work after run
Over-training: training every 6 balls
Hitting the Wall: After runners party ,what may happen if you drive
Taper:The person who puts tapes around your feet
Carb-Loading: Fancy term for binge eating
Bib : A device to make sure you don’t spill food while running
Chip ; A devise that exposes you
Splits: What usually happens to your feet or shorts depending on terrain
DNF: term used to refer to the wise folks
10K: Slightly confused
Marathon: Certified Mad
Runner’s High: if runners start a school
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