Running 101: The Acronyms

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.

For instance…

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!”


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*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.

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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.

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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.

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Big Girl Dance Class with Todd & Whit!

Hello readers! I have an exciting story to share! About 3 weeks ago, I came across a shared screenshot on Instagram from one of my running friends, Elana. It was a post in which Whitney Way Thore announced a pop-up Big Girl Dance Class being held in Pittsburgh on 6/19/18! I immediately signed up and waited for the day to come!

I knew I had to leave work early if I wanted to get to Rex Theater (South Side) before the line got crazy long. I arrived and parked around 5:15. I had a mini meltdown because I thought I lost both my license and debit card. I put them in my skirt before I left work and thought they fell out of my pocket. They ended up getting buried deep inside my pocket, not knowing the pocket wrapped around the entirety of my waist until that time. Crisis averted! I placed my purse inside of my trunk and did so with much difficulty. As I pulled my hand out, I scraped the top of my thumb inside of my trunk.


Only me. I figured, it can only go up from here!

When I finally made my way to the event location, the line had roughly 30 people in it. I quickly got in line to hold my place, while I waited for my friend, Elana, to show up. The show’s crew came around with clip boards, in which we were required to sign a waiver for the show if we were to make an appearance! *Fingers crossed we do!*


Just before going inside.

Anyway…we stood in line for over 1 hour. There was some sort of delay; I’m still unsure of what happened. I’m glad I had a buddy to keep me company while we waited. We heard people screaming and around the corner came Buddy! It was pretty surreal to see someone in person whom I’ve seen on television dozens and dozens of times. He walked down the entirety of the line and waved to everyone. I’m super proud of how much he has accomplished in his continued sobriety and his openness about it. Way to go Buddy!

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