P – Running A-Z

Running terms beginning with 'P'

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...

Peak flow, other technical term.
The maximum speed that air is exhaled from the lungs. This can be monitored with a peak flow meter, which is used to help monitor changes in lung function for asthmatics and athletes.

Personal best/ Personal Record, (PB/PR), other technical term.
The best time that an individual has recorded for a given event, such as a marathon.

Pronation, other technical term.
In sport, this usually refers to the action of the foot during running and it describes the inward rolling action between the heel striking the floor and the toe leaving the ground. Excessive pronation can result in injury, but can be prevented by wearing an appropriate choice of training shoes and/or using corrective insoles.

Proprioception, other technical term.
A sense of where the body and limbs are in space. Very important for a multitude of sports and activities, proprioceptive skills can be learned and enhanced to improve sporting performance.

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