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What's the Difference Between Running and Jogging?


Updated January 26, 2014

Question: What's the Difference Between Running and Jogging?

"Is jogging a slow form of running? At what point am I no longer a jogger and become a runner?"

Answer: When is someone jogging and when are they running? Is there really a difference between the two? If you asked most people, they would probably say that that jogging is a slow form of running. But there really isn't any strict definition or standard.

Dr. George Sheehan, a best-selling author from the 1970s running boom, is quoted as saying that the difference between a runner and a jogger was a signature on a race application. Of course, that quote is little dated, since most people enter races online with no signature required, but you get the idea. Basically, if you've been doing it for long enough that you entered your first road race, you're a runner -- regardless of how fast you are or how long you've been doing it.

When you decide to call yourself a runner is a matter of personal preference. There's no pace test or threshold you need to pass to say that you're running. If you've been jogging for years and you plan to keep jogging, then go right ahead and call it that. But, even if you're slowly moving along, you can proudly call yourself a runner.

Also see:

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Running
10 Common Running Mistakes to Avoid
14 Things Every New Runner Should Know

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