A runner’s alphabet

A is for aerobics. The foundation of running.

B is for breath. It seems we’re always trying to catch it.

C is for carbohydrates. The fuel that drives us.

D is for distance. It can be a mile or a marathon, and sometimes it’s a pleasure and other times a test.

E is for eating. Something most runners can never do enough of.

F is for fartlek. The rude sounding Swedish word for speed play.

G is for goals. Every runner has them.

H is for health. Every runner needs it.

I is for injuries. Every runner seems to have them.

J is for jogging. Something most runners hate to be caught doing.

K is for Kenyans. It would be nice to be able run as fast as them.

L is for lungs. Can yours hold enough air?

M is for miles. Some days, they are endless.

N is for nutrition. Something we all pay a good deal of attention to, but often break with nachos, chocolate, ice cream or beer.

O is for oxygen. See “B.”

P is for pain. Suck it up, buttercup.

Q is for quick. Make haste.

R is for race. A good place to find runners.

S is for shoes. We all love them.

T is for tempo. You probably run one of those once a week.

U is for ultras. How far do you want to run today?

V is for Vo2 Max. What’s yours?

W is for walk. Let’s hope that’s something none of us has to do during a race.

X is for XS. The size my race day T-shirt comes in.

Y is for youth. They love to run too!

Z is for zen. That peaceful state many of us achieve on our best runs.

About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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