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In other running related question there is often made use of abbreviations like PB, PR, HR, VO2 etc.

I know what PB means (Personal Best), but what do the others mean and what other examples are there?

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Technical Terms

  • VO2 = VO2 Max, Maximum volume of oxygen (O2) that can be absorbed by the body
  • LSD = Long Slow Distance run
  • HR = Heart Rate
  • HRMAX = Maximum Heart Rate, useful to get 60% and 85% values for training effect
  • RHR = Resting Heart Rate

Records

  • OR = Olympic Record
  • WR = World Record
  • NR = National Record
  • CR = Competition Record/Commonwealth record
  • PR = Personal Record (Others might use PB for Personal Best)
  • PW = Personal Worst
  • DFL = Dead freaking last, a proud and honoured tradition.
  • DNF = Did Not Finish
  • DNS = Did not start
  • DNQ = Did not qualify
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    In the USA, PR (Personal Record) is often used instead of PB. – pjmorse Feb 8 '12 at 20:21
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    PR = Personal Record – Mike Hedman Feb 8 '12 at 20:21
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    Ich bien eine Canadian. (We used PB). – geoffc Feb 8 '12 at 20:21
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    Might want to add the typical abbreviations used in competitions: PR/PB, CR (competition/championship), NR (national), OR (Olympic), WR (world) records. – Dmitry Selitskiy Feb 8 '12 at 20:25
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    @geoffc I am Swiss, we also use PB, although with german meaning ;-) – pesche Feb 8 '12 at 20:35

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