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M – Running A-Z

Running terms beginning with 'M'

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...

Marathon, activity.
Running event of 26.2 miles (42.2 km) in length.

Massage, other technical term.
Manipulation of the body’s tissues by rubbing, pinching, kneading and tapping, in order to flush out waste products and realign damaged muscle fibres.

Maximum heart rate, (MHR), other technical term.
The greatest number of times the heart can contract (or beat) in one minute. A very approximate figure can be obtained for adults from the following formula: 220 – current age = MHR.

Midsole, other technical term.
The area of a running shoe that provides the majority of cushioning. Situated between the outsole and the upper.

Mobility, other technical term.
Refers to the general range of movement of a limb and is a direct function of flexibility. Imperative for injury-free exercise that good mobility is maintained.

Motion control, other technical term.
A term used by running shoe manufacturers to describe various methods employed to stabilise excessive foot movements including pronation and supination.

Mountain running, activity.
See Fell running.

Multi-stage fitness test, activity.
A test of aerobic fitness, where you complete shuttle runs (i.e. run backwards and forwards) over a short course in order to provide an estimate of your VO2 max.

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