What’s the difference between a jogger and a runner?

My wife asked me this question the other night, and I really had no good answer for her. So I thought I would turn it over to you, dear readers:

What’s the difference between a jogger and a runner?

15 thoughts on “What’s the difference between a jogger and a runner?

  1. That’s a great question! I figure it might be the pace, or maybe even a really short run at a leisurely pace might be considered a jog.

  2. Speed and pace, I believe. Go a mile at a 10mph pace*, you’re jogging. Go a mile at a 7 mph pace*, you’re running….all dependent on what shape you’re in (imnsho.) A mile in 10 minutes to me would be an all out sprint, because I’m only in walking shape and not even jogging shape…

    *numbers pulled out of thin air, it’s the idea rather than the actual #

  3. Easy answer: A race entry. 🙂

  4. I like that answer Andrew! I tend to agree, as it shows a certain amount of dedication to the sport, as opposed to just lopping around.

  5. I think jogging is when you go out to jog for exercise. Running is something you do because you LOVE it, or because it makes you feel FREE, or because you’re training for an event. NOT because you want to lose weight.

    Prior to 2006, I always said, “I don’t run unless someone’s chasing me…with a gun.” I started *jogging* because it was an efficient way to burn calories when I started losing weight. 5 months later, I crossed the finish line of my first 5K and cried, because in that moment I knew I was an athlete and a runner.

  6. Great answer – I really like this line of thinking!

  7. Hmm…good question. That’s one I’ve asked myself a lot. I’d say, “Who cares?” Just get out there!! I don’t like to call myself a runner or a jogger. I’m an athlete!

  8. A lot of good answers here! I agree with most said. I believe that a runner is someone who gets out there and makes motions beyond what you do when you walk… it doesn’t matter what the pace is. Unless you are competitive a runner usually only competes with themselves and always wins when they cross the line (again, no matter what the time is on the clock). I also believe that a runner is changed in some way with every run or every race. A friend of mine told me this quote the other day, “The woman who starts the race is not the same woman who finishes the race.”–Author unknown. Well….. it is written for women but I believe that it could be “The runner who starts the race is not the same runner who finishes the race.”–Author unknown. A runner allows themselves to be transformed by the journey.

  9. I like Andrew’s answer. My Garmin has a software program that graphs my runs and there are speed zones that are labelled on the side from slow walk through jog to run. I personally use the term to identify a more defined purpose, running has a purpose and jogging is well, just sort of fiddling about.

  10. I agree as well, that the term has more to do with purpose, as opposed to your actual pace.

  11. Jogging: Exercise
    Running: Something you do when someone is chasing after you and you don’t want to get caught

  12. I think it comes down to the person asking or answering the question. Meaning it depends on them what the answer is. For me I always thought I was a runner even starting out at 13:00/mile. However when I hit 10:00/mile I remember posting that I finally FELT like a runner.

  13. I agree with Rita that running has a purpose. It might be training for a race, it might be part of a fitness program, but it has a purpose. Jogging is less structured and more like play. Most people, however, probably just think of jogging as slow running. Tomatos vs. Tomatoes.

  14. I don’t care how slow I’m going, I’m a RUNNER. No one can tell me otherwise!

  15. LOL that’s entirely awesome Renee!

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