Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What is the difference between a "jogger" and a "runner"?

Because I don't know!

Both move their legs in a "running" fashion rather than a "walking" fashion.

Does a "jogger" not race?

Do "runners" not not race? (double negative folks, deal with it)

Is a "runner" only a serious runner and "joggers" don't take it serious enough?

Does being a "runner" mean you are above a "jogger"?

Are all "joggers" hippies?

Ok, I am grasping at straws at this point.

Perhaps I am also over thinking this issue and perhaps this sums it up?

Thanks to Jessica aka Copy Chic for sharing this on Facebook

What do you think?


  1. I would like to know myself, because I dont know

    Want to cause a stir, add this photo to your post, people got so mad at this ad


  2. That picture is worth a thousands words. I often wonder why joggers/runners run in place at stoplights or stop signs. Have they not realized that stopping for those few seconds is not going to hurt their run for their day or tire out their legs?!? I'm stealing that picture and using it as my post at (Don't worry, I'll give both of you copyright!)

  3. I know some joggers. How's this for an explanation:
    They don't have GPS, or HR Monitors. They aren't trying to go further than they did the other day or faster either.
    They are jogging for fitness. They will run the same course time and time again at exactly the same pace because they know they feel better the rest of the day.
    I have known them to sign up for 5Ks but the reason is typically because they like to do one a year or because they like the cause it's supporting.
    The jogging at the corner is something else tho, and hilarious.

  4. I love that picture. Mollie at Eat, Run, Read ( did a great post on this a while back. Of course I can't find it, but trust me, it was great.

  5. I really like catmarlson's theory...

    And I've always laughed at this ad... When I first started running I would jog in place at corner's but eventually I would just stop with my hands on my hips waiting to cross kinda angry...

  6. Does speed come into play at all? If someone is going at 16 minutes/mile are they a runner? A jogger? A walker?

  7. Nice. And I do get annoyed when I have to stop at stoplights.

  8. I like catmarlson's theory as well - that pretty much used to describe me back in the day, and I would only do 1-2 races a year or so. The focus wasn't so much on time, but just doing a race. During training back then, we did run a lot of the same courses, but I do remember trying to run it faster as we did the courses over time...Interesting debate! haha

  9. I guess it all depends on how you answer the question.

    For example I was once asked if I run marathons and like a total a$$hole I responded that I AM A TRIATHLETE!

    I then apologized because it came off so cocky and arrogant.

    So if you ask somebody if they run and they so yes but not competitively then they are a jogger. Runners RUN races, they don't just go out for fun.

  10. I think catmarlson hit the nail on the head. Fitness vs. lifestyle. Joggers can live without jogging. Runners die if they can't run.

  11. +1 to catmarlson. Mark Remy at Runners World also has a bunch of posts on how when someone gets hit by a car/mugged/eaten by bear its usually a "jogger", but if something good happens its a "runner". So just place me in the runner category, thank you very much.

  12. I'm with everyone else... catmarlson hit it on the head!

  13. I think joggers run for the exercise, enjoyment and fitness of the sport. They will tend to do the same distance over and over again, hit the treadmill at the gym, mostly remain consistent. I think runners have goals, are generally training for something whether it be a 5K or a marathon, they do speed work and drills, they monitor heart rate and pace. It's more of a science. And can honestly be less fun. Even if you're a runner you need to just go for a jog occasionally :)

    LOVE that photo. I always want to walk over to those people and tell them to settle down. The little rest actually lets you run faster when you get started again!

  14. Well, apparently this is what I thought in 2008...


Don't be shy! Leave me a comment!