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What's the difference between jogging and running?

Years ago I dated a 'runner' who was very distainful of 'joggers'. Over the last 9 weeks I've often wondered what the difference is. Is it speed, pace, competition? Am I runner or a jogger. Not that care but it might give me something else to think about at the 25min mark.

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    oona
    oona Graduate

    Good question, AnnaDJ! I'm waiting to hear the answer to your question too!

    Oldgirl
    Oldgirl Graduate

    Google it "define jogging & running this is just one of the answers

    There isn't a hard-and-fast rule
    Some say that "jogging" is running when you're not racing.

    Others say that "jogging" is anything below a 10 minute pace. You're doing a 12 minute pace, so you're jogging by that definition.

    To my mind (and I've never heard anybody else say this) it's more about heart rate. Anything below about 60% of maximum heart rate (around 110-120 beats per minute for a middle-aged adult) is jogging; above that it's running.

    But who cares? If you're getting out and putting in the miles, that makes you a runner in my book. What's so "only" about jogging? "Only" is reserved for "only sitting on the couch watching TV." You're working and that's the important part.

    Vivwestie
    Vivwestie Graduate

    Bravo, Oldgirl. Abso-**cking-lutely. What is the difference? Is there one? Does it matter???! If you're putting one foot in front of the other on a regular basis for about 30 minutes ... isn't that what's the thrill.

    Personally, I think I run like the middle-aged dad from the Peter Kay sketch. But I couldn;t give a toss. I'm moving faster than I've ever done (except for a car or on skies). And I'm doing it for longer than I ever thought possible. I don't care what it's called. It''s moving and it's working towards other enjoyable goals (5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon... )

    But what's really important is not the categorisations or the goals, but the 'each-day' get out there and do it... despite anything and everything.

    AnnaDJ
    AnnaDJ Graduate

    Lol thanks for your answers guys. Technically a jogger but I feel like a runner so that's what I'm going to call myself and stick my tongue out at all those 'proper runners', he he ;-)

    Greg_M
    Greg_M Graduate

    Jogging is what you think you do, running is what you think everyone else does!

    AnnaDJ
    AnnaDJ Graduate

    :-) thanks Greg that made me giggle. I now want to do one of those Facebook pictures, you think I do, I really do pictures. I think the last picture would be a red faced woman collapsing, lol

    Oldgirl
    Oldgirl Graduate

    Now now its not only women that get red faces when they run/jog/walk/saunter/stroll call it whatever you like its putting one foot in front of tuther one :)

    AnnaDJ
    AnnaDJ Graduate

    I stand corrected ;-)

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