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.
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So until next time, remember my motto:
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By Jim Kirwan