Running Terminology and Participation

Some people call themselves joggers, other people will tell you they are athletes.  The choice of words alone provides a wealth of information about the runner’s sense of self.

Fartlek: Sweden’s gift to running | Edward Price | The Guardian

Really interesting article in The Guardian this morning.  Not only does Edward Price give a good introduction to the Fartlek, or speed-play, workout and its origins, he suggests that it is using and understanding terminology such as this that differentiates someone who runs from someone who is a runner.

To use the categorisation from Serious Leisure theory that informs my dissertation, the recognition of sport-specific terminology represents a shift from casual to serious leisure or a movement up the involvement scale from neophyte to devotee.


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