Yesterday, a friend of mine asked me this very same questions and sent me this article, “The Difference Between Running and Jogging”
Without reading the article, I quickly answered her question saying, “Jogging is something you can do while multitasking like look at your phone, read a magazine on the treadmill. It is a slower run and your heart rate is in a low zone 2. Running requires your full attention, it is a faster jog and your heart rate is in a medium to high zone 3.”
Then this morning I went to a group fitness class and the instructor made us jog for 30 seconds, run for 20 seconds and sprint for 10 seconds on repeat. As I exercised with the group I noticed there was not a big difference in our pace from jogging to running. But then when it was time to sprint, everyone kicked it into full gear and ran/jogged faster!
I have always considered myself a runner not because I dislike the term jogging but I think it’s because I grew up with that term. “I’m going for a morning run.” Sometimes my parents (who are in their early 50s) call it jogging. Maybe it is a generation thing. I definitely do not get offended when someone asks me, “How was your jog?”
When it boils down to it, I believe the definition of jogging, running and sprinting are all determined by the individual. It doesn’t matter how fast you are running/jogging or your finish time. All that matters is that you are moving and doing something healthy for your body. Set your own goals and definition.
What do you think?
Your running buddy!