Running or jogging?


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How do you know the difference?
Technically speaking, if both your feet are off the ground at the same time you're running. Obviously you could just be jumping up and down, but you know what I mean.
I don't actually know what my feet are doing in relation to each other, I'm more concerned with not falling over.
I don't run fast, about a 10minute mile average, so am I just jogging?
When I watched Eddie Izzard do his marathon challenge he was definitely moving slower than I can walk, yet he was "running" or was he?!
I don't think it really matters, I was just curious what others thought and if there's a certain pace that equates to running rather than jogging in your mind.
Feel free to use this thread to show off your speeds :okay:


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I don't think it matters much either, but some people get super-irate about the whole thing. For me, it's about purpose. If you just run occasionally without any real goal or plan in mind, you might be a jogger. If you run with purpose (no matter the speed) and regularly, you're probably a runner. I think it's about the mentality.

I always cringe when newsreaders mention a 'jogger' because I bet that person is yelling 'runner' at the TV screen :smile:


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I've always had in my head as jogging is a form of running, just as sprinting is. In my mind there is no minimum pace required to be seen as running.

As you say if you have both feet off the floor you're running.

If one foots always in contact with the ground you're walking, speed wise walking can be anything from a gentle stroll up to the Olympic sport of racewalking! Which isn't my cup of tea for a spectator sport but each to their own and their times can be impressive.

Whether I see someone as a runner depends on how frequently they run. If the only running they do is for the occasional bus they're not a runner but if they run on say average once or more per week they're a runner to me whether it's jogging or something more intense. :smile:
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I did actually look this up after a discussion.

From what I can remember the technical difference is that running is 10 mins per mile and under, a jogging is more.

As far as I'm concerned, it's that the person is out there doing it is all that's important.
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