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F – Running A-Z

Running terms beginning with 'F'

A selection of key running terms to ensure that running terminology doesn’t leave you confused. Refer to the key running terms below and find out their meaning so that you’ll be a running expert in no time...

Fartlek, technique.
Swedish for ‘speed play’, Fartlek refers to an unstructured speed training session where the athlete varies his or her speed over a course of several miles, alternating between slow, moderate and faster efforts for varying time periods. Using the Fartlek technique can relieve the monotony of repetitive track training.

Fell running, activity.
A branch of the sport involving running and racing off-road, over upland country where the gradient climbed is a significant component of the difficulty. Events vary from a few miles to in excess of 20 miles in distance, and include repeated ascents and descents across mountains.

Fitball, equipment.
See Stability ball.

Five kilometer race, (5k), activity.
One of the most popular and accessible race distances is the 5k (3.1 miles). Targeting one of the numerous mass-participation 5k events is an ideal introduction to the sport of running.

Fixx, Jim.
Inspirational American running guru widely credited with initiating the running boom of the 1980s. Previously an overweight heavy smoker, he ran up to 80 miles per week and wrote two bestselling books on running. Fixx died of a heart attack while on a ten-mile run aged 52, but experts believe that running gave him many extra years because his father died aged 43, also of a heart attack.

Flexibility exercises, activity.
Exercises that maintain or increase the length of muscles and tendons by gently stretching them. Flexibility exercises are important to maintain full range of movement, and should always be carried out when the body is thoroughly warmed up.

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