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running or jogging "that is the question"

DDH2010-05-01 22:35:23 +0000 #1
Okay, I know this is going to sound like a silly question, but I really don't know the answer. What is the difference between running and jogging.

I know at 4 mph, I am really just jogging I guess, but I want to work up to running so whats the difference? I am heavy and when I run or jog, it feels like running cause it's hard and I can't breath, but for others I am probably just at a fast job, or even slow jog.

I guess I just want to know when I can actually say I am running and not just jogging, or does it really matter.
crazybikinchic2010-05-01 22:39:25 +0000 #2
I don't think it matters as long as you are out there moving your feet.

I too am amoung the very slow joggers.
VeloVT2010-05-01 23:14:59 +0000 #3
It's not a speed, it's a state of mind .
rocknrollgirl2010-05-01 23:54:48 +0000 #4
I agree, state of mind. The only people that would tell you otherwise are those "runner" types.

Just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
OakLeaf2010-05-01 23:51:20 +0000 #5
+1 on state of mind.

I finally felt like a runner after I finished my first 5K at the end of January. My time was nothing special, it was just the fact that I'd focused my training, done specific work to reach a specific goal, and accomplished it.

Now that I'm just doing occasional maintenance miles and focusing more on cycling, I have a hard time claiming to be "running." "Jogging" is such a derogatory term, I don't voluntarily use it of myself, but I don't feel I have a right to claim "running" at the moment, either.
KSH2010-05-02 00:21:44 +0000 #6
I'm really not sure. I personally don't care.

I just get out there and do my thang.

On my longer running sessions (anything over 6 miles), I do a 5 minute walk/2 minute run combo... and I call that a run session. It's running for me!
Grog2010-05-01 23:03:04 +0000 #7
There's a guy called the Penguin that writes for Runners' World. He likes to say that he waddles around. To him (and I agree) being a runner is a state of mind:

www.runnersworld.com...332--12126-0,00.html

In short, being a runner means taking this more than casually. You don't just go out there and flaunt your cute running clothes on the boardwalk. You're actually doing it with a purpose. I think that about summarizes it.
DDH2010-05-01 23:41:28 +0000 #8
Okay, good then, I call it running. I certainly am not trying to show anything off that is cute. LOL

I have a purpose and that is to train to at least attempt to do more than a slow walk and anything above that to me is a run.

Thanks girls, once again!!!

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