What is the difference between jogging and running? Is there really a difference between the two? And does that even matter?
For some people, yes. In some functioning communities, being referred to as a “runner” is not a compliment. But the definition can vary and there really is no hard and fast rule that clearly defines when you are running and when you are jogging.
Running vs. To run
If you asked most people, they would probably say that jogging is a slow form of running. Although there is no hard and fast rule for running versus jogging pace, many sources say the limit is 6 mph or close to a 10 minute mile.
If you run at a pace of 10 minutes per mile, it will take you a little over 30 minutes to complete a 5K run. A 10K will take a little over an hour and a marathon will take 4:22 to complete.
According to some reports, the average running pace for a woman is 10:21 per mile and the average running pace for a man is 9:03 per mile.
But there really aren’t any strict standards. It is not as if once you drop below a certain pace, you are suddenly defined as a runner rather than a runner. In fact, most people run at different rates depending on their distance, and most people slow down once they reach a certain age. So a distinction based on rhythm would be very confusing.
There is no strict standard for when runners become runners, although some sources say that if you start running at a pace of 10 minutes per mile or 6 mph.
Does the name matter?
Some people believe that runners are more informal runners, meaning those who run occasionally but do not follow a training program and do not compete in races.
What some runners and brokers say
You will hear some people say, “I am a runner, definitely not a runner.” These people can be baffled if they are put into the category of “runners”, as if they are not worthy of the title.
Similarly, there are many brokers who get offended if someone calls them brokers. The casual nature of the word may upset some athletes who are serious about their sport.
Runners don’t want to be seen as someone who goes out for a quiet run every now and then. For them, running is more of an athletic activity, a lifestyle and a passion.
Runners often see themselves as completely invested in training. Not only are they trying to burn off some calories, they are running with purpose, working hard, and achieving goals. They may not be the fastest or most talented runners, but they love the sport and take it seriously.
How fast should I run?
What some experts say
Dr. George Sheehan, a best-selling author of the 1970s, is quoted as saying that “the difference between a broker and a broker is a signature on a career application.”
Of course, that quote is poorly dated, as most people now participate in online races without signing, but the idea is still relevant. Basically, if you like to run enough to have been in a road race, you are a runner, regardless of how fast you are or how long you have been doing it.
However, participating in a race should not be a requirement to call yourself a runner. There are many people who have been running for years and have never worn a racing number.
Running vs. Running for health
Although there is research linking faster running to greater health benefits (including a lower risk of hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes), the study authors are quick to point out that their results do not prove causation. This means that run faster does not necessarily cause better health.
In fact, most health experts will tell you that the best exercise for optimal health is exercise that you are willing to do regularly. And in fact, many coaches combine speed training (training at a faster pace) with days when their runs involve long, slow distance running (LSDs).
The bottom line is that when you decide to call yourself a broker it’s really a matter of personal preference. There is no pace or threshold test that you have to pass to prove that you are a runner. And you don’t need to run a race or wear special shoes to become a runner.
If you’ve been jogging for years and plan to keep doing it, then go ahead and call it that. But if you like sports (even if you don’t like it sometimes), no matter your pace or level of experience, you can call yourself a runner.