|Even babies put their foot in their mouth|
As I continued to backstroke, I explained that I don’t really think of jogging in a negative way. I call any casual running that I do jogging and oftentimes use the terms interchangeably. My friend explained that she did have a negative view of the term because she perceived jogging to mean either slower running or something that people who are not serious about the sport do (think meat heads or Barbie types in full make up running 1 mile on the treadmill at the gym). Point taken, lesson learned, shoe leather tastes like steak.
For me, the term “jogging” has nothing to do with speed, pace or ability. Much like yuppies say about owning a Mercedes Benz: It is all a state of mind.
- Jogging: Any run that has no pace goal. For example: “Run 400M at 5:45 pace, jog 200M recovery”
- Running: Any run that has a time/pace goal. For example: “I’m going to go out for a 4 mile run at 12:00/pace”
- Racing: Running during a sanctioned event with the goal of obtaining your best time for that day: “Yeah, I sprained my crotch but I’m still going to race the 5K tomorrow. I won’t get a PR, but I’m still going to hit it hard – just like I did my crotch”
Actually, new rule: If you are wearing a button down shirt while doing it, you're JOGGING
But, even though I don’t have strong feelings, I understand that others do. Being my own devil’s advocate, one might say “Sure jackass, you don’t care about the term jogging because you ARE fast”. While that might be true, I’d like to think it is because of my happy-go-lucky outlook on life. That said, I'm going to try to stop using the term "Jog" in my normal vocabulary. I really think I'm in the minority.
So, do you use the term jogging? Give a vote below, I’m very interested. Furthermore, I’m curious if people get pissed at other runners or friends and family calling running, jogging. Some people have made entire (hilarious) podcasts out of it.