Hello readers! My old blog was a mash up of training/race recaps, quotes, advice/knowledge and motivation with a heaping side of sarcasm. If you’re new to my journey, read my ‘about me‘ by clicking HERE! In this post, I’m going to talk about common acronyms for those who are fresh into the world of running. Outsiders who listen in on a conversation between runners may assume we’re speaking another language. And, well, we kind of do.
Q: “How’d your race go?”
A: “I didn’t get my BQ, but I got a course PR, which always beats a DNF. I sure can’t wait for that DOMS to kick in tomorrow! Did you hear about the participant who was DFL? They are so inspirational!”
*stares blankly* Pardon?
PR: Your “personal record” or best time for a specific distance or race course. Also known as “PB” (personal best), but most people use the acronym PR.
PW: Personal worst. This one is pretty obvious, as it’s the opposite of a PR. EVERYONE has a personal worst if you’ve done more than one race of the same distance. Celebrate getting it done anyway! A 6 minute mile, and a 16 minute mile is still a mile!
BQ: Boston qualifier. Oh, the coveted Boston Marathon – the Superbowl of marathons. Runners work for months, even years to be able to run a Boston qualifying time. Some blow their time out of the water, and others miss it by mere seconds. It’s an emotional feat, never to be taken lightly no matter what the outcome may be.
C25K: Couch to 5K. This is an easy-to-follow program for beginners who have the goal to run a 5K. I think a lot of people are afraid to start running because they assume there’s a special mold they need to fit. That simply isn’t the case whatsoever. Having been a runner for 7 years and counting, I’ve learned how beautifully diverse the running community is. This program helps you take that first step because as many seasoned runners know, that is the toughest part of any run. And who knows? You may end up falling in love with the sport.
DNS: Did not start. Sometimes life (emergencies/obligations) and/or injuries get in the way, and you may not make it to the start of a race. Luckily, some races offer transfer options, so your money and spot do not go to waste.
DNF: Did not finish. You may start a race and be unable to finish due to an unforeseen reason. While it’s a tough mental barrier to get over, you may learn a thing or two as a result. Other than a true emergency, maybe it just wasn’t your day. And that’s completely fine! It’s better than not starting at all! Never let a DNF derail your progress, whether it’s mental or physical.
DFL: Dead f*cking last. This term is used for those whom finish last in a race. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH FINISHING LAST! EVER. In fact, many times, there is an extremely inspiring back story. And if not, it’s still okay! Bad runs/races happen. It’s the risk you take in the sport. I think that’s another reason I love running because there aren’t any definitive answers. There’s beauty behind that. It’s an artform; you create a masterpiece comprised of what you put into it. And whether you’re first, last or somewhere in between, nobody can take that away from you. And guess what? You still finished the distance. That’s what truly matters.