Do you call yourself a runner or a jogger? I don’t like dichotomies but I have been fascinated with the ongoing discussion of the difference between the two. I remember we had a long thread in the PinoyRunners forum before about this. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it anymore.
What I did find was this brief list of the differences between a runner and a jogger, posted by a member of the Runners World forum whose name I had long forgotten. If this is yours, I apologize, but I couldn’t resist sharing it here.
Just want to share some interesting things I got from my male running friend from Switzerland. Do you consider yourself a runner or a jogger? What’s the difference?
A jogger enters a race because of the free finisher T-shirt.
A runner enters a race to break his PR.
A jogger buys shoes matching his singlet and pants.
A runner has several pairs of shoes and he gives a shit on matching.
A jogger throws his shoes away because the color is no longer in fashion this season.
A runner keeps those shoes he had worn for his fastest marathon and treats them like a sanctity.
A jogger does all his daily routines, groceries, etc., before the race.
A runner has his very own, always same routines, more some sort of ceremonies.
A jogger does always the same exercise, e.g., his same 7km loop.
A runner makes short fast paced runs, and long relaxed long jogs.
A jogger has no goal in race, except to survive.
A runner has a clear target, he knows the km-time he needs therefore and tracks everything.
But one thing they have in common, both do something good for their health,
And I respect joggers as much as runners.
Let everybody do his very own thing, they have to be happy with whatever they do.
Greetings from a runner, and I hope I did not step on any jogger’s toes.
What do you think? Do you have any definitions of who is a runner and who is a jogger?
except for the ones about shoes, I am a runner and have always been one at heart, even when I wasn't running. I do love to make matchy outfits though and for whatever reason I have no issues parting with 'record-setting' shoes.
runner or jogger, i don't mind.
MIA runner says
A jogger is recreational – would not enter a race. It takes a lot of discipline to enter a race esp in Asia where it needs to start really early so as someone from the Penguin brigade said the difference is the runner no matter how slow is the one with the race bib 🙂
@ Teamarcia: Yes, we can be fashionable even if we are runners! :D<br /><br />@ MIA Runner: I agree with you. Joining a race is a public commitment that you would like to do more. Joggers are content with what their occasional rounds; we runners continue to challenge ourselves. Thanks for this! ^_^
Nick Phillips says
I've always thought of myself as a runner.
I disagree with every notion that is placed on the difference between runners and joggers. If you have ever ran slow, by definition, you are a jogger. If you are on a recovery run, you are a jogger. But, I go at my speed, therefore I run, but according to Ryan Hall, I jog compared to his pace. It's all relative. The differences fore mentioned, I believe have nothing to do with jogging
Does it even matter? <br /><br />4-time Boston Marathon and New York Marathon champ Bill Rodgers believes there isn't any difference between running and jogging. "Jogging, running – call it what you want. You'll know when you're doing more than walking," he writes.<br /><br />And beginners shouldn't feel that there's some standard they have to measure up to, Rodgers
Like Ling says, doesn't matter.
I disagree with the idea that joggers don't care about time and runners do. Mainly because I see either as a state of mind primarily decided by the individual. I run because I love running, not because of what a clock says.
"A jogger has no goal in race, except to survive."<br /><br />All this time, I thought I was a runner. Jogger lang pala akong maituturing. Good luck to me on the Walk the World 2011!
I enjoyed this blog so much!<br /><br />I realized that when I started walking/jogging I was actually thinking like a runner.<br /><br />I consider myself as a runner now especially after reading this article.
@ Nick/Kenley/Caloy/Justin/Nicely/YellowJo: Sorry for the late response. You're right; labels aren't important. What's important is for us to continue running! Run well, and run safe!
Bonzenti [Con Tour] says
I prefer a jogger. if I run, i got tired so fast. so I walk and jog. As finisher on the race, I am after both the jersey and to just finish the route category.:-).
@ Bon: What's the most important, Kuya Bon, is to keep on running!