Running Versus Jogging


I am often asked what is my favorite form of exercise and as a runner for nearly forty years, I undoubtedly have a bias in favor of running or what some folks like to call jogging.

Dr. George Sheehan, cardiologist, pioneer of running in the United States and author of the bestselling book Running and Being, one of the first books about running, famously said that the difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank. On this one point, I respectfully disagree with Dr. Sheehan.

Back in 1984 when I was preparing for my first marathon (The Dublin City Marathon), a work colleague who saw me in my running gear one day asked me what I was doing. When I told him that I was training for the marathon, he replied, “Ah, you’re a jogger!” I thought for a moment and responded, somewhat defensively, “No, I’m a runner; I am running as hard as I can go!”

So to be true to myself and my response all those years ago, I always use the term runner and I hate the term jogger. To me, jogging is going out for an intentionally very easy run (i.e. a jog), which is good to do from time to time and great fun when done with a group. On the other hand, running—especially at the start—is not always easy, so we will call it running.

If you would like to find out more about my unique approach to start running click on the Anyone Can Run link. I have extended my special launch offer with 2 amazing bonuses, including a personal one-on-one call with me to help you get started, until this Sunday at midnight.

So until next time, remember my motto:

You don’t have to be fit and healthy to start, but you do have to start to be fit and healthy.

By Jim Kirwan

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  3. Jim Kirwan

    Couldn’t agree more Marcos. Well done on your achievement! What’s next for you?

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  4. Marcos

    I totally feel you. I guess I can say I use to be a Wanna-Be-Runner. But after ruinnng my first half marathon last October I guess I am a runner , lol but a slow runner at that. So in other-words I don’t exactly run, I jog When I was training I jogged at 15min a mile (like molasses) and then once race day came it took me 4hrs to complete 13.1 miles. It was the toughest and longest run I ever have done in my life, Baltimore hills are no joke. But proud to say that, I cross the line. So really it’s not about timing or how fast you can go, its about completion and getting in the run in.

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