Running Glossary


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Carb-loading (Carbo-loading)
The dietary practice of eating a higher than normal carbohydrate diet (ie: wheat pasta, whole grain bread, brown rice) for a period of one to three days leading up to a race in order to maximize the glycogen stores in the body.

Chip time
The actual time for an individual to complete the race course (as measured by a timing device, or chip). This differs from the "gun time" which is the amount of time between the starters gun and the completion of the race. In a large race, it may take several minutes in order to cross the starting line after the official start of the race.

A term used to describe larger runners. (Women's divisions are sometime referred to as Athena.)

Course record.

Participating in other forms of exercise (biking, swimming, etc) in addition to running.

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