Running Glossary


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Most runners run significantly longer distances than necessary by following as the road turns right and left. A tangent is a straight line that just touches the inside curb, so to "run the tangents" is to run the shortest distance possible by running the shortest possible distance while staying on the race course.

Reducing training mileage in the days or weeks before a race to allow the body to be ready for race day.

Target heart rate
A range of heart rate reached during aerobic training, in which an athlete to gain maximum benefit without straining or under exercising.

Tempo runs
Runs completed at a pace about midway between short-interval training speed and your easy running pace.

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