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Are You a Runner or a Jogger?

Ever since writing about the Peal Izumi ads that put runners on a pedestal over joggers, I have become curious about the whole running vs. jogging dichotomy.

Technically speaking, if it takes you less than 9 minutes to complete 1 mile, then you are running. If it takes you more than 9 minutes to complete 1 mile, then you are jogging. Either way you are exercising, right?

So which are you?


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yoyankbmars yoyankbmars 9 years
i like the campaign i think its cute. to me its all harmless. whether you're a runner or a jogger doesn't matter the only thing that matters is the fact that you are doing something beneficial for your body
chicchick chicchick 9 years
I'm proud of the fact that I'm a jogger! Maybe one day I'll be a runner again but these ads won't make me feel bad about myself!
Carri Carri 9 years
A bunch of idiots in a highrise wrote this campain!! I'm not a runner myself ("jogger" here!!) but my mom is. She certainly doesn't talk down on me or anyone else for not being a runner.
elle86 elle86 9 years
Man, that's bogus!
True-Song True-Song 9 years
"Technically speaking, if it takes you less than 9 minutes to complete 1 mile, then you are running. If it takes you more than 9 minutes to complete 1 mile, then you are jogging." According to The Official Indisputable Handbook of Running? This is silly.
chynablue chynablue 9 years
I ran, well I guess I should say jogged, 5k in 35 minutes today. I'm currently a jogger, but I will work up to being a runner. I disagree with the statement that "running feels horrible to joggers". Running feels good. I just can't keep it up for very long because my endurance isn't there yet. Hence the need for training.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm short (5'3") and because my legs are short, I am a bit slower than a lot of other runners. But I do consider myself a runner, even if I do take more than 9 minutes to do a mile sometimes. I usually run 10 miles a can't go that far running 6 minute miles all the time unless you have long stride length and really push yourself. I usually run 10 miles in about 70-75 minutes, which I think is pretty respectable. So yeah, I'm a runner :)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'm neither but I really don't consider there to be much of a difference between running and jogging.
dubyah dubyah 9 years
Whenever I race 5k's I am a RUNNER but whenever I run on my own (like today), I average 9.5 minute miles so I guess it's jogging
megnmac megnmac 9 years
34DD - get the last resort bra at title nine if you really want to stop bouncing totally... it I'm even attempting to jog I have to strap into serious sports bras, and I am willing to have made that investment in my getting active... even if it is only to jog!
javsmav javsmav 9 years
WHERE did you get that "fact"? All I need is a source. I've done lots of google searches today on this and cannot find it anywhere. Even the websites I've found that try to define by it speed can't agree. Some people think it's a 7 minute mile other people a 10 minute mile. Even the treadmill at my gym has defined it with preset speeds for walking (2mph), jogging (4mph), and running (6mph). There is no set rule. (Sorry, I don't know why is this discussion pissing me off--I do run faster than a 9 minute mile, so it's not like I'm trying to define myself as a runner, I just think it's ridiculous to define them by a set speed).
bp99 bp99 9 years
Cher, I dont know what paper you were reading but one academic's definition doesn't mean this is a hard and fast rule. From wikipedia it says that "The definition of jogging as compared with running is not standard. Dr. George Sheehan, a running expert, is quoted to have said "the difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank".[1] Others are usually more specific, defining jogging as running slower than 6mph (10 minute per mile pace, 10 km/h, 6 min/km).[2]" The citations are on there, but even then, theres a difference in the second citation's difference and the paper you read. I really have never heard of a passionate jogger, if theres passion in your running, regardless of speed, then you are a runner.
Cher Cher 9 years
I've heard the 9 min mile rule. I was actually doing research on a paper on running vs. jogging and had to explain this. It is a true fact. I think it you are running a marathon it doesn't quite calculate the same cause clearly those people could easily go faster in a shorter amount of time but they want to conserve energy. But.. its true. 9+ = jogger and 9- = runner. And.. you can still be a passionate jogger - nothing wrong with that!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I consider my myself a runner (and faller for now) - I don't like bouncing up and down and destroying my knees and back from jogging.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I'm 5ft 2" too. You just have to do it steady but quick! =)
AMP AMP 9 years
I'm only 5'2". For me to run faster than a 9 min mile would be an amazing thing. I think I'd be burning the rubber off the treadmill if I could move that fast!
lawyerjenn lawyerjenn 9 years
thanks ciao bella!!! Good luck to you too ESPECIALLY if it is your first. Running/jogging/whatever you want to call it is awesome. It's just clicked with me and I'm so happy I'm able to do it. I am a ridiculously goal oriented person so I have to have a race on the calendar or I just flat out can't get my butt off the couch :)
joghog joghog 9 years
I think my username says it all... love to be a jogger + love of food = joghog! =0)
LittleMascara LittleMascara 9 years
Oh darling, I could do a lot of things if I were a 32 DD... I guess I should have mentioned that I do jog. Run? No. Jog? Totally. The treadmill is my friend.
duffy duffy 9 years
As a marathoner, I feel like this ad campaign was written by people who have never run a race before...ever. Runners, joggers, whatever you are, when we pass each other on the trail or on a course, all we have for each other is respect. Because we're getting out there and moving our a$$es. We're proud of ourselves no matter what time the clock shows. So maybe Pearl Izumi should hire some runners to do their PR next time around, because this campaign was obviously not written by anyone who has ever experienced the runner's high.
juliegal juliegal 9 years
jeez who knew y'all were so passionate about the 9min / 10min rule? i think that it's just good to get out there and as nike says...just do it! and for the record i'm JOGGING A LIL OVER 10, SOMETIMES HIGH 9...
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
I'm a runner at the track and a jogger that runs her butt off 4x/wk. Anyone that hits the pavement is a runner in my book! Good luck lawyerjenn at the Austin Marathon! I'm training for the More Magazine Half-Marathon/NYC in April!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Well, I put BOTH. When I go out for what I thought was my run, I start out fairly fast, but tuker down at about 1.5 miles. So while my first mile is almost always in under 9 my subsequent miles get longer and longer. It takes me 45-50 minutes to drive to the track, "run" 3.5 to 4 miles, walk a cool down lap and drive back home.
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