The technical side of running has much jargon. Parting with the usual approach to my usual posts this time I creatively elaborate on a few key terms. Beyond VO2max and anaerobic thresholds we have terms which reflect the pace of running. Everyone has heard of running, sprinting and jogging. The problem is of course that these terms are limited when you think of all the different paces out there. Like Eskimos who reportedly have twelve words for snow, we need more descriptive words for our running. In that vein, here is a starter list.
1. Perhaps you’ve slogged through a run. It was probably not a good one.
2. Jalking or wogging is a pace between jogging and walking.
3. Bounting or sprounding is something between a bounding stride and a sprinting stride.
4. Some people grunt as they run, we can say that they are grunning.
5. Some of us who have breathing problems wheeze as we run and therefore we actually are could be reezing or wheening or wheezning or even wheezuning (it’s like having a lisp and saying “reasoning”).
6. Someone who really runs fast, who simply flies as they sprint could be flinting or splying.
7. When we are just beginning and scuff our feet with each stride as we attempt to jog we might be scogging, scruffing or scrunning or even runnuffing.
8. Beginners also at times have that precursor to actual jogging when they don’t quite leave the ground with each stride yet, they have a running motion in their arms. Perhaps this is simply pre-running, pre-jogging, progging or prunning.
9. You know those times when you simply cruise along effortlessly? That of course is cruining.
10. Run-walk strategies for distance events should really be called ralking.
11. My brother dragged is foot through Ragnar Relay. He wasn’t really running. I think he was drunning or dragunning.
So, how many other new words help us describe a “run”?