#148: You Can’t Run From English Fluency

In this week’s episode of the RealLife English Podcast, we talk about the mind blowing story of Kilian Jornet from Catalonia (in the northeast corner of Spain). Recently, he became the first person to RUN up the world’s highest peak, Everest!

And in honor of Kilian, we will be talking all about English vocabulary for runners and expressions with the word RUN. Everyone can learn something and laugh in this very special episode of the RealLife English podcast, so let’s jump into it, aww yeah!

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  • Rollin’ – recording
  • Polish – to make smooth and shiny
  • Ludicrous – ridiculous, absurd
  • Hare – animal similar to a rabbit, but bigger with long legs
  • Place a bet – to risk money against something or someone (for example in a game or race)
  • What’s the dealio? – slang way to ask what is happening with something
  • First ascent – the first climb of a mountain
  • Rope – a strong cord used to tie or secure something
  • A walk in the park – something trivial or easy
  • It’s a breeze – it’s very easy, it’s a piece of cake
  • Clamps – cleats or spikes worn on the bottom of shoes to prevent slipping on ice
  • Ice pic – a sharp metal tool similar to an axe used for climbing ice
  • Run into (someone) – to unexpectedly see someone you know
  • Torso – the middle part of the body
  • Stock standard – what would be expected
  • Get ripped – to get in shape, become muscular
  • Love handles – the fat above the obliques
  • Get a second wind – to suddenly get a burst of energy when exercising
  • Smoosh – to crush
  • Lame – not cool (slang)
  • Ear, nose, and throat doctor – an otorhinolaryngologist
  • Booger – substance that comes from the nose

Running Vocabulary

  • Stretching (lactic acid)
  • Warm up
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Sprint
  • Novice
  • Get in shape (out of shape)
  • 5k/10k
  • Marathon / Half-marathon (21k/42k)
  • Treadmill
  • Cramp
  • Dehydration
  • Endorphin rush / Runner’s high
  • Burn calories
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Pace / Pace yourself
  • Stride
  • Endurance
  • Improve your time
  • Cool down
  • Hit the wall

Expressions with “Run” 

  • Running Late
  • Run out of something
  • Running behind
  • Dry run
  • Run around in circles / Run around like a chicken with its head cut off
  • Run errands / Running around town
  • Is the refrigerator running?
  • Run of the mill
  • In the long run/short run
  • Running a fever
  • Slow and steady wins the race
  • Run a tight ship
  • Run in the family
  • Give a run for money


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