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Running vs. Jogging

Maybe this seems obvious - running means you're moving at a faster pace than jogging. The question really is - how much faster?

Technically, if it takes you less than 9 minutes to complete 1 mile, you are running. If it takes you more than 9 minutes to complete 1 mile, you are jogging.

They are both considered great cardio and aerobic exercise that work your muscles and are good for your heart, lungs, and bones.

Jogging is harder than walking because it requires more muscle to go faster, bounce up-and-down, breathe deeper, and balance. Running requires more effort than jogging, and is more intense. It requires stamina to go faster, and endurance to go for longer periods of time.

So which is better? Well that depends on your fitness goals. Jogging is a great form of exercise and will help you lose weight, decrease blood pressure, build bones - both are great forms of exercise. If you are training for a marathon and speed is your thing - aim for a 9 minute mile.

Fit's Tips: If you are new to running, start off slow. Begin by walking fast, then work up to jogging, and then you can move on to running. You've got to train your body to be a runner, which could take anywhere from a month to a year, depending on your body and the consistency or your workout schedule. Set reasonable goals for yourself, gradually build on them, and celebrate when you reach them.

Running-Bunny Running-Bunny 10 years
Just one more thing I wanted to add....unless you are planning to race a race (rather than just being there for the sheer joy and wish to complete a marathon, or whatever; and to completing it alone is AMAZING no matter how fast/slow you went!!) then you do not NEED to fixate on time and really fast speed. I have/do and it can drive you nuts. I am slowly getting back to the shee joy of running, I need to get the numbers out of my head!
Running-Bunny Running-Bunny 10 years
According to this 9 minute mile explanation then I am a "runner". BUT even when I am running slower than a 9 minute mile it is still not easy. I think that if you are moving your body forward, whether you are technically "running" or 'Jogging" is not what matters, it is the fact that you are doing it! You should be happy that you have made the effort to better your life through running!
wiggle wiggle 10 years
A 9 minute mile seems pretty fast to me, but when I am "jogging" I get passed by runners all the time. No worriesm though...I am out there doing my thing. I will probably never run a 9 minute mile and so least I am out there.
Debruzicka Debruzicka 10 years
In my running journal there is a quotation from George Sheehan: "The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank." I have completed 3 marathons, all in nothing better than an 11 minute mile pace. I will never be fast, but I assure you I am running my best. The best thing in the world is feeling blessed to be able to move my body as fast as I can and challenge myself every time I run. Running is the best!
lawyerjenn lawyerjenn 10 years
Sharp I'm with you on that! I've done 3 marathons, all at 10 minute miles. And I'm sorry....but at mile 20, if you are maintaining a 10 minute mile, you are tough and you are running. I think of jogging as a hard walk, you aren't really out of breath and you aren't really going 110%. What that pace is is different for everyone. For me, I'm not out of breath or pushing myself when I do a 12 minute mile pace so for me that's jogging. For someone else...that might be a hard run! Maybe I'm just fat, but it's hard for me to maintain 10 minute miles after about 8-10 miles!!!!
Michelle-StG Michelle-StG 10 years
Hmmm... I'm not sure how I feel about calling a 9 min plus mile a jog, as if that's a downgrade! I remember reading this in a book from the 80s written by Kenneth Cooper ... Anyway, the distinction really isn't that important to me, or really any other "Runner" I know, but maybe that is just part of my philosophy on running.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I prefer to run at a certain pace for 30 minutes - it really helps with my asthma. If I do interval training, I get too out of breath and have to stop.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Another tip I got was to alternate jogging/running with walking. I have used hydro poles as markers, jog the first one, walk the second, and so on. ------------------------------------------------------ "If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate" Elbert Hubbard
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