I love this team and this thread! I relate! I started at Christmas with two 15 minute miles. (Didn't even know I could do that!) I'm now running a mile in 10:30 minutes. So I'm faster now but the exertion feels the same! SP always said I was walking but my legs, heart and lungs knew I was running as fast as my body could go.
So I love it that Coach Nancy has declared it all running. Much more fun to say.
But honestly....jogging or running...I'm thrilled to be able to take part and move! My adult "runner" children tell me I'm running. Bonus!
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I'm with Linda on this. My visual picture of jogging is more social, or get out of the house, while running is more like you have a goal. I'm sure many people that saw me out running would say I was jogging, but I know what speed I can go to make it all the way to 4 miles, and I'm still pushing myself to get better and faster, so I see myself as a runner.
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You can call it whatever you want. All I know is that while I am training for my half marathon in June my only goal is to be able to maintain the 14 min per mile pace that is required for the race. I am new to running and I am only 5'2" (short legs)....so it may take a while before I get there and be able to remain at that speed for a long period of time but I will get there and that is what is important!
I have mental images of jogging vs running that have nothing to do with time LOL! The first thought that pops into my mind at the word jogging is the yuppies of a few years ago. I think of nice running suits and headbands and a social acceptance type thing. I don't really think of sweat with that picture for some reason. When I think of runners, no matter how fast or slow, I picture tank tops or t-shirts with shorts in good weather or bundled up in cold weather with sweat and an athlete mentallity even if just doing a very slow run. I want to be in the runner mental image even if I'm not fast. THe jogger picture is too much more like a status symbol of those days when it first became popular to be a "jogger". I don't know why I get this mental picture and it isn't meant to put anyone down or anything, just the funny thoughts that pop into my head at the two words. Whatever you want to call it, just get out there and do it and have fun at it and don't worry about what anyone else thinks!
I love Susannah's explanation, as I find that I use most of her criteria to label my workouts as a jog/run. Plus, I have short legs, so for me to run a 10 minute mile is practically a sprint (for me). lol Anyhow, it's all about effort and goals.
Good question, though. Really made me think about how I qualify my jogs vs. my runs.
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I was doing my Long Slow Run (12:00 min pace) a couple of weeks ago and I was "running" past a much larger man who was talking on the phone walking... We say hello to each other and says into his phone, "no, I was talking to a runner... well, jogger."
I consider running vs. jogging more of a "state of mind". I call it jogging, when my only goal is just to get out and get some cardio. When I don't have a purpose other than getting my heart rate up! This is most often when I'm not training for anything. Or, I'm planning on an easy effort run, I might call it a jog.
But if I'm going for a "RUN", that means I have some goal I'm working toward. Weather its as basic as logging whatever miles are schedualed for my race training, or pushing myself in a tempo run, or whatever.
Personally, I hate it when people try and classify running or jogging by speed. I think it's more about effort. Some would consider a 10 min mile a jog. But I would NOT say I "JOGGED" my first marathon...even though I ran an average of 10 min miles!!!
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I agree. It's all running. Even if Spark People wants to tell me I walked because my pace is slow, I fit the technical definition of running, therefore I ran. (Not that it isn't extremely discouraging to work so hard and have SP mock your hard work....I wish it didn't do that.)
I prefer run also because for me at my weight, age, and not having done it for long I put out about as much exertion "jogging" a 12 minute mile as someone really conditioned, lighter, and younger than me puts out in a 6 minute mile called "running" LOL. It's just a matter of a word to me and I like the word runner because at 57 I'm doing it the past year for the first time in my life and I feel athletic and proud and consider myself a runner.
Ha! Sometimes when I log my mileage my Spark fitness tracker will tell me I walked when I *KNOW* I ran for 40 minutes. Sigh. Who's to say? YOU get to say. I think Nancy has it - no point comparing myself to others.
I prefer the term run because it seems more bada$$ than jog, which sounds light and cute to me. I know when I get back from a run that there wasn't much light or cute about it
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There isn't...many people believe that jogging is a slower version of running...but then you must ask, who's speed are you comparing it with. If you say Ryan Hall who can run a marathon in a sub-6 minute per mile pace, then 98% of us would be joggers. There is no difference in my book...as long as both feet are off the ground at one point, I am a runner.
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