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?