I have been doing a lot of HIIT workouts in the recent months and have let my running slide to once a week or less. I figured I had better up my frequency as the thursday night trail running group starts in 3 weeks and I love this group run. I was not surprised that my run did not start out all that great. While the HIIT W/O’s are great for strength and fat burning etc., they are not so great at maintaining cardio endurance if you reduce or eliminate your running routine.
Where I run you cannot avoid hills, period! So, as I set out on my run which starts on an incline I quickly realized the negative effects my reduced mileage was having on me. I reduced my pace and even slowed to a walk in order to re-think this run. Once warmed up a little better I set out on a 7K out and back to the beach. I quickly found my groove and got set in a comfortable pace and tuned in to my music. Once I reached the 3.5K at the beach I stopped to take a picture and then set back out on the return 3.5k. Oh boy, this was not a stellar performance. My legs felt very heavy from yesterdays W/O and the incline seemed to go on forever, well it did as it’s pretty much a steady incline back home with little bits of flat! Then my sciatica started to act up around 5.5K and I had to walk a bit. I ran/walked for about 1K then ran the rest of the way home. Overall, a good run considering I hadn’t run in about 2 weeks and I felt happy and positive for the rest of the day.
Turn around point on my 7K...so pretty
During my run I recalled a conversation I had earlier in the week about what defines a runner. I say if you’re not walking you’re running, this other person says if you are slow, you are a jogger, and a runner is someone with speed and endurance. (now you see why I italisized the words with RUN).
So as I am running today I thought well, am I a jogger then? I am slow so maybe I am a jogger. I’m having to do walk/run intervals for a bit, so what does that mean? Why was I offended at the term jogger, and so adamant that I am a runner? One person on a Runner’s World forum said it best in one word – Pride. Yup, we want to be called runner’s because it conjours up positive images of fit, lean people. Jogging sounds, I don’t know, frumpy or something. Then I thought, you never hear of a group called ‘learn to jog’ do you? No, it’s always ‘learn to run’. No ‘jogging’ clinics, just ‘running’ clinics. You don’t hear “I just jogged a 10K”, you hear “I just ran a 10K”. Yup, pride I guess.
Just for fun I scrolled throught the Forums to see what people there had to say on the subject and whoa baby, this is a hot topic! A lot of angry, sometimes judgemental people over there that want to keep the verb running to themselves. There is the odd person who writes the neutral response of: call it what you want.
One one response was – “Under 6 min/mile = running Over 6 min/mile = jogging”
Another - ”I am comfortable running at about 9:30 min/mile. I run in the 8:00s when I’m working on speed, I suppose. Yesterday I ran in the hard, crunchy, ice snow averaging 10:30 mm. I was running every single one of those paces…and everything in between. Nobody will ever tell me any different. I AM a runner”
I kinda agree with the second post. There really doesn’t seem to be a true answer anyway so I say call yourself what you want according to your definition, and I will call myself what I want to be known as, a runner. It’s a state of mind, and if that makes me get out there and run then that’s what I’ll call it
Websters Dictionary defines running as : to go faster than a walk; specifically: to go steadily by springing steps so that both feet leave the ground for an instant in each step and it defines jogging as: a movement, pace, or instance of jogging (as for exercise)… guess we are both right
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