Posted on 21 December 2011.
We asked on Twitter earlier today if the term ‘jog’ or ‘jogger’ offends you as a runner.
Here are some of the harsh, funny, and interesting responses we received from our followers:
Ana Murray – Yes! ‘Jogger’ classifies runners as slow but running has no predetermined speed – speed is relative to the person. Run on!
Troy Bratton – yes because I’ve worked my butt off to improve. Jogging is closer to walking than running…
Christian Hiteshew – b, just proves who runs and who doesn’t
Melissa – I don’t care what anyone calls me. All I care about is getting my miles in
jason candy – A…because I don’t jog…my pace is more to a runner…gray line???
Kat – I don’t even know what jogging looks like. Something you do in place? I think you run or you don’t run. There’s no middle ground.
Eddie Wooten – Either is good for you. Running, to me, suggests more effort.
Gerard Pescatore – no because, as a runner, I’m laid back
Stuart Clayton – Yes, very much so.
Kristy – I’m not offended. There are different types of people. If someone wants to go out for a jog, it’s still a great form of exercise.
BMonty – Yes, but only when it’s used in a derogatory manner. “They’re not a real runner, they’re just a lazy jogger.” That riles me.
Sebaskid:p – No, somedays you have to jog to rest from running
baxterimahounduknow – mmmmm nah… But I’m no jogger lol !
Vic Arvizu – Does it matter? It’s still faster than walking
JeremyAntonAnderson – it totally offends me to be called a jogger when I can run a sub 6 minute mile for 7 miles
Jo – No ‘runs’ are for training ‘jogs’ are for recovery. Although used to hate polar software classifying my hard efforts ‘light jogs’
elizabeth v rehmer – b)no because people that use that term do not know what they are talking about… no active person says that.
HaroldShaw – A and here is my post on it http://bit.ly/vdVwXR
Yvonne Dehn – A. Because I’ve worked hard for my ‘runner’ status. Jogging is what u do as recovery between intervals
Stewart Crouch – I jog 4 days a week and run 3 days a week.
Lisa Gonzales – No. As long as it isn’t in a news story. Bad things happen to “joggers” in the news.
More Lisa Gonzales: Oh, forgot to say it’s because I don’t give a rat’s backside about what anyone else thinks. I know what I am!
Frank S –
#runners train for something specific. Joggers jog w/no specific race goals typically. I’ll say this, no one calls me a jogger
(Everyone tweet Frank S and tell him what a good jogger he is!!! ;))
Jonathan Bobbitt – A. But only when another “runner” asks “how far did you jog” while looking down nose condescendingly. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
(Bobbitt refuses to disclose how far he jogged this morning!!!)
Brad Dulay – Only if someone called me a jogger. If you’ve run more than a 5k you shouldnt be called a jogger
Euan Jardine – Yes!! Joggers are not runners.
Paul Nottoli – A. Jogging is what middle aged Mom’s with to much money do to look cool.
dunlapa – Nope not at all. Jogging/running same thing to me
NaomiPipes – Not offended. But I use the term runner and disclaim that I am not fast.
Sarah – No, because those that call me a jogger are non runners and they just dont understand
Stevie Ferguson™ – A because in a race, I guarantee we are *not jogging!
angela dively – yes, it does. Jogger connotates someone who has a hobby. Runner is someone who competes, even if it’s against oneself.
John Shepard – Confused as to why this would offend anyone.
Rebecca Rene – Have a marathoner friend who gets INFURIATED when called a jogger. Maybe it’s a dedication/hobbyist/purist thing? IDK
More Rebecca Rene – Hell, run, jog call it whatever as far as I care. For me, it’s about getting my butt across the finish.
Pavement Runner – “offend” is a strong word. But there is a difference, right? I would never refer to myself as a jogger
thomas ransome – jogging implies a definite lack of effort, also makes it sound pleasant, its not pleasant running hurts…in a good way!
Versa Dave – I don’t take it offense since my 11 min pace is kind of a jog anyways.
Lee Price – No, as somedays I ‘jog’ somedays I ‘run’.
John Shepard – Kind of like Underwear/Underpants. I don’t care so long as I feel good. F it.
#runners train 4something specific. Joggers jog w/no spcific race goals…..No one calls me a jogger :)” <3 this!
Crystal – yes only cause I work on my running everyday I didn’t get in Boston by jogging
Richard Lima – Those who say “jog” or “jogger don’t run at all.
Cazz Singson – Honestly?? YES!!!
TJ – YES because we all should have higher self-esteem aka confidence and believe in the power of our runs
#RWRunStreak #Running #run
AND THE BEST FOR LAST…
Francis L. – YES. Joggers wear matching sweatsuits & are more concerned w looks than fitness. And runners don’t find dead bodies. Joggers do.
With that said, here is first article I saw a friend had posted on Facebook this morning, Jogger hit by Semi discovers police ridiculed him at the scene
If you want to play it safe you shouldn’t call another runner a ‘jogger’ or mention they are ‘jogging.’ However, I say if you know the runner then have fun and be sure to compliment him or her on their ‘jogging.’
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