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JESSIJESS8058 Posts: 158
1/15/13 1:55 P

Thanks for all the feedback! I think one of the things that confused me most is that I've seen training plans for running that suggest you warm up with a jog. Since running and jogging have always been the same thing fo rme, I always just warmed up at around 4mph on the treadmill instead.

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1/15/13 8:10 A

I am a runner. Sometimes I run at 13 min/mile. Sometimes at 9 min/mile. It's running.

I am one of those who is offended by being called a "jogger".

I do not jog. I RUN.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/14/13 10:45 P

Sadly BERRY4, what you discovered is that you absolutely can not run, not even one single step, if you enter a "walk" race.

If you plan to run/walk, you must always enter the run.

Running even a little bit obviously gives walkers an advantage, hence not allowed. But there's no advantage to a runner in walking, so runners are allowed to walk if they want.

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1/14/13 4:07 P

See...I'm a "non-runner" so I jog. (Running is what I did in 1-mi races in jr. high....when I had a specific end goal in mind ...when I weighed a LOT less.)

In the technical sense, I consider myself a "walker". But when I entered a half-marathon race as a walker, someone saw me without "at least one foot connected to the ground at all times" and I was moved into the "runner" category to then finish dead last.
I have not seen myself in any way as a "runner," over the past 20 years. I would love to mix up a walk/jog to improve my pace to 5 mph, however, previous injuries rear up and prevent me from jogging, running...or whatever you want to call it!

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1/14/13 3:13 P

The term jogging is generally used by non-runners, and the media to describe running. Some people (as evidenced by the comments here) find a difference in the terms but if you ask me, it doesn't matter how slow you are running, it's still running. Of course, that could be because I am such a slow runner and if someone said I was a jogger even though I'm putting my best effort in, I might get offended. emoticon

Edited by: -CORAL- at: 1/14/2013 (15:15)
RUN4FOOD Posts: 1,434
1/14/13 2:34 P

I mostly agree with what Deb had to say.
An easy definition is: Running is what I do, but if someone is slower than me, they are jogging.

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1/14/13 1:58 P

I've always wondered the same thing, so thanks for asking. I've always defined it as jogging if it's slower and non competitive. I ran a 5K, but I jog during the week. If I were going for a run, I would be doing so for distance and time improvement/tracking instead of just getting in some fitness.

Seems like I'm not the only one, but really - fitness is good for you no matter what you call it!

BLONDIEGRRL Posts: 1,174
1/14/13 1:55 P


Jogging is an antiquated term. It was popularized in the 1970s as a way to define running for fitness versus competing in races. I don't know of anyone anymore who uses the term "jogging."

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/14/13 1:09 P

All jogging is running. Not all running is jogging.

There isn't a specific defined difference, but most people use jogging as a lower-intensity easy kind of run. Eg my hubby runs much faster than I, so if we go for a run together, I might be inclined to say I was "running" and he was "jogging" - because he absolutely can do so much better if he wanted to.

If it's a race - it's running.

Serious run athletes would almost never refer to their runs as a "jog" even if it's a light training run.

"Joggers" are more recreational. Someone might run every day, but never join a club or enter a race, or consider themselves an athlete. They might think of themselves as "a jogger". Another person might run every day. She might enter fun run races only and she might be really really slow! But she still might call herself "a runner".

As Heather said - if both feet are leaving the ground at the same time it's a run. If you personally choose to call it a jog or yourself a jogger, that is up to you. Nobody else should apply that label for you, it's a personal choice.

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1/14/13 1:02 P

I always say 'running', even when I'm doing a long slow run, but if I had to pinpoint a personal definition, it would be about effort and intent. A run would involve some sort of purpose or goal: fitness, training, racing, pace, time, distance, etc. A jog would be more like a leisurely walk in my mind - I wouldn't pay attention to pace, I'd maybe stop to take photos or veer off to look at something cool, and it would probably be short enough that I wouldn't bother to log it. It would kind of be like the difference between a walk or a stroll: They could be exactly the same pace and look the same to someone watching from the outside, but there's different mindset. Really, though, it all just falls under 'running' for me. If I have my obnoxious pink shoes on, I'm running.

Other people will have other definitions. In the end, I think it's up to how you feel: Are you running, or are you jogging? At the end of the day, your body doesn't care what word you apply to the workout, it just cares that you're moving. Call it Fuzzitwabbling and it'll still be the same workout.

I think at least part of it is generational. Jogging was big in the 70's and 80's, so people around in that era might think of it that way. I was born in 1979, so by the time I was old enough to care, jogging was something cheesy from the previous decade. It might also depend on where you live. If you're in an area where the sport isn't popular, 'jogging' might be the norm. If you're in an area with a strong running community, you're more likely to see 'runners'. This isn't saying anything about the actual quality of the activity (running's not big in my husband's small rural town, but I know of at least one Boston qualifier there), but how it's perceived.

Edited by: CHRISTINA791 at: 1/14/2013 (13:06)
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1/14/13 7:59 A

I think it means different things to different people. I consider what I do on the treadmill a run my bf will see me on there and then ask, "how was your jog?" LOL

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1/14/13 3:43 A

I think the difference between jogging and running is the intensity. For jogging, your not going as fast as running and its normally at a easier pace that you can handle. While running, your doing a faster pace and requires more effort. Well thats my point of view at least =D .

MALASIL Posts: 66
1/13/13 9:40 P

I think the difference between jogging and running is a perceived effort. Running is more intense than jogging. However, you may "run" alongside a more fit person who is "jogging" the same speed as you.

1/13/13 9:34 P

Jogging is just slower running.

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JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
1/13/13 5:01 P

When I make a distinction it has more to do with the length of my stride than anything else. On the whole, I'd say it's pretty subjective. Both, sadly, seem to be equally tough on my joints.

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1/13/13 4:01 P

That treadmill is wrong. ;) That also doesn't take stride lengths into account! I walk until around 5 MPH - then I run. I don't make a distinction between running and jogging. It's both high impact, and semantics don't change the calorie burn!

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/13/2013 (16:01)
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1/13/13 3:53 P

According to thetreadmill at the gym WALK-2mph JOG-4mh RUN-6mph

Kind of funny cause walking at 2mph is like sitting still. Itypically walk at a 4mph pace which isnt a leisure stroll but a quicker pace and then run at 6-7mph. But I see many running at 5-6 and some 8+. Personally I think everyone has their speed and jog/run are just terms. Does it really matter as long as you are doing something active.

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1/13/13 1:44 P

I'd say that if there was a distance at all (and realistically, most running resources don't make a distinction) the only real difference would be stride. I don't think there's a preset "stride" that would make you a runner, either.

If you going faster than a walk, and both your feet are leaving the ground at the same time at some point... you're running, in my book!

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1/13/13 11:31 A

semi-jokingly, runners get offended if called joggers.

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1/13/13 11:29 A

I agree! I just waddled my way through 4 miles and people call me a runner, lol!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 66,005
1/13/13 10:42 A

I think most people use those words interchangeably, so I don't think there's much of a difference :)

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JESSIJESS8058 Posts: 158
1/13/13 8:44 A

What exactly is the difference? I think what I consider me going for a "run" is most people's interpretation of a jog.....

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