Jogger vs. Runner


I have been asked countless of times the difference between jogging and running. An interesting question. In fact, I even asked one of the running masters about these two terminologies.
 
The difference, I was told, lies in the number of minutes per kilometer. It means, you are a runner if you have a pacing of five or faster minutes per kilometer. If pacing between six or seven minutes per kilometer, it means, you are a jogger.
 
I run slowly, with a pace of six to seven minutes per kilometer. Does that mean, I’m a jogger? I don’t see anything wrong with being a jogger. This reasoning bothered me though. For one reason, I train. I do long runs. I register and join races. OK. Let’s not be too emotional about it. I know you’re doing your runs. You’re serious about your training. You’ve run more than 20 races last year, la la la.
 
To pacify our running soul, dear readers, this is what I’ve found from my readings.
 
On definition
 
Jogger . One who never participates in races.
 
Runner. Someone who runs. (But joggers also run. Duh!). They are the ones who join races, train regularly and prefer to be called runners regardless of their pace. (Please see also my previous post, Five Stages of a Runner)
 
The late Dr. George Sheehan, Runner’s World columnist, wrote that the difference between a runner and a jogger was a signature on a race application (Sheehan, 2007, September 19. Runner’s World). In addition, if training motivates you to participate in an organized running event, then, you are a runner. And if you are willing to take the risk of contaminating your name and be a part of a running community no matter what your time or pace may be, then, definitely you are a runner.
 
Halleluiah! Even if your name appears last in the list and finishes a race, my goodness, you have a reason to celebrate. You are a runner!
 
Dear readers, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that if you’re a jogger there’s something wrong with you. There’s nothing wrong with being a jogger. If you are fully convinced that you are a jogger. So be it. If you’re a runner. I respect that. You are what you are and nothing can take that away from you. Whether a jogger or a runner, the most important thing is, you’re out there. Enjoying the scenery, harvesting the benefits of exercise, and of course, meeting people whose enjoyment lies in moving their two happy feet.
 
Related link: Find Out If You’re a Runner or Jogger by Runner’s World

16 thoughts on “Jogger vs. Runner

  1. when i saw you at the turn-around point of the Happy Run passing one runner after another, i knew i was looking at one baaad…,fast runner! hope to catch up with you in another 15k. 😉

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  2. I invited a friend of mine to run with me. He said he doesn\’t have any endurance and he always gets tired easily. I told him we\’ll run very slowly and he still declined. I said we\’ll just go \”jogging\”, he said Okay!!!So it looks like the difference between jogging and running is just a state of mind. I can see people who call themselves runners but run very slowly. My father thinks he\’s jogging but for some his pace is already running.

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  3. Hi Jazzrunner. A comment like this wants me to run faster all the more. 😀 It was only pure luck. I know one of these days you\’ll pass me by. I always remind myself that there are still those who are faster than I am. You are one of those. Thanks! 😀 See you in future races and let\’s see.

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  4. Sundaywarrior, have you joined races? Have you signed up? If so, I will answer your question based on the definition of the late Dr. G. Sheehan. If you have joined a race, then, you are a runner. That is, regardless of your pace. Now, you consider yourself a runner. All the more that YOU are a RUNNER. 😀 That pace of yours, I bet, will increase (in terms of speed) as you train.

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  5. You are right i2runner. 😀 The difference between these two-runner and jogger-has been an ongoing debate. However, if you consider yourself a runner, then, you are a runner. As to your Dad\’s case, well, if he runs fast but considers himself a jogger and has not sign up in any races, then, I guess, your Dad is right. He\’s a jogger. Anyway, whatever the case may be, whether jogger or runner, who cares? 😀 Let\’s find out what Runner\’s World is saying about this. Check this out!http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-243-332–12126-0,00.html

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  6. Ma\’am Diva, my dad have ran races but I don\’t think he really runs it seriously. He\’s more concerned with the health of his heart so he doesn\’t stress it to its max levels. During his time, jogging was popular. He even tells me a story where he wore a DLSU Jacket in a race because he was proud to be a basketball player. That was until it got too hot for him and he had to throw his jacket so he could finish the race. Typical Jogger.So, he\’s really a jogger. A fast healthy jogger, much faster than some beginner slow runners.

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  7. Thank you for sharing tidbits about your Dad\’s running or shall I say \”jogging\” escapade. 😀 Couldn\’t help but smile. I may not be an expert on matters of the heart, but please let him consult a physician first, you know, just to monitor his heart condition. By blood, your Dad, I take it, is green. Are you green? So do I. I visited your blog. More power to both of you. Runner or jogger. Whatever! 😉

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  8. Hi Running Diva. I just happened to discover your blog and I enjoyed reading your posts.I think it really doesn\’t matter what your pace or speed is, as long as you are moving your feet forward fast enough not to be walking. Also, speed in running is determined by so many factors like age, gender, genetics, biomechanics, training. If one believes he is running, then he is a runner.

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  9. Thank you, Bong. I learned something from your comment and I felt good especially with the factors affecting speed. Nice to know too that whatever I wrote here entertained you to some extent. I visited your blog and couldn\’t help but notice some of my running friends are already in your blogroll. Hope to meet you here soon!

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  10. hi running diva, it's my first time here. Found your blog while, bloghopping or should i say blogrunning or blogjogging? heheI share the same sentiment with those who believe na wala dapat \”yabangan\” between joggers and runners. Yung iba kasi, sobrang angas! \”runner daw sila at hindi jogger,\” as if to discriminate those whose style is to jog (or walk, jog, run) In reality, there's no one best way to run. There's no one best way, to cook a steak, there's no one best way to paint a room. There's no one best way to landscape a lawn… diba.See you around 😀

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  11. Thank you, Rah for taking time to bloghop,blogjog, and blogrun … sure way to lose those extra pounds (if there are) 😉 I really appreciate your effort. As you can see, this blog of mine is not readily goggled unless you're familiar with its URL. I really set it that way. Don't let those who are \”mayabang\” affect you. Important thing is you understand who you are as an athlete. Try also to visit the link of this article from Runner's World there you'll see how the writer sees himself. I've also read somewhere how this word came about but couldn't remember said article. You're right, of course.

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  12. This was a really nice read! I usually think jogging is for leisure purposes and running can be more for competition but in the end whatever happens it's still for maintaining good health. :)I just got a new pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 15s, and I'm so excited to run or jog with them whatever I fancy hehe

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  13. Hello Unknown, Thank you for dropping by and for saying that this blog post a \”good\” read. Appreciated it. Congratulations on getting a new pair of running shoes. Whether a runner or a jogger, one deserves a good pair. Enjoy your run!

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