Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jogging Follow Up Post

My Jogging vs Running post was more popular than the band KISS at an Mary Kay party!!!  I think that I really struck a chord with all of the runners who do not like to be called joggers.  That, and I think that we are all trying to get away from the 80s.  The thought of someone "jogging" in sweats brings up images of leg warmers, Susan Summers' crotch in a thigh-master, and that little half rat, half horse "Alf" trying to eat kittens.

I had over 230 people respond to my poll and the overwhelming 3 to 1 response was that the term "jogging" doesn't touch their tongue any more than frozen flag poles do.  The poll really spoke volumes. What did I learn? 40+ people want to go to the middle school dance with me!!! There is a Caribbean theme, I’m getting my hair in dreds. People are very passionate about their passion. What I took away from everyone’s feedback (thank you!!) is that some people (nearly 3/4 of the respondents) do not like the term jogging – mostly because it reminds them of Barbie on the treadmill. I totally get that.

I think we all have little sayings or phrases that we all use that bother one person for one reason or another.  I'm absolutely no different.  In fact, I was talking with a friend / person I coach about how I hate the term "take a GU".  I don't "take" a GU anywhere.  I take a dump, I take out the trash, but I EAT a GU.  (Other great examples are masseuse, stewardess, and midget.)

Courtesy of 51 Feet Under (Also, seen on Steve In a Speedo)


As I was reading through the comments, one thing that really struck me was how many people associated "jogging" with a pace or an effort level.



A friend IronChad mentioned about how this might actually be Garmin's fault. Damn corporations.  Is there anything that can't screw up?? They actually have pace zones identified in their software that list out what is running vs jogging.  (They are HORRIBLY skewed and quite frankly, flat out insulting.).   I don't know anyone who can "fast walk" a 13 minute mile, do you???

So, going forward I’m going to really work to take the term “jogging” out of my vocabulary. I’ll take a page from Laura and Lisa and start to call it “run easy”. It still has the same intent of a run that doesn't have a goal necessarily without being unwittingly condescending or demeaning.  The world will be a better place, congratulatory nods and high fives will rain down from the heavens, and I won't unwittingly piss off any runners that I might be chatting with.

Today?  5 miles easy run.  No pace goal, but it was a solid run non-the-less.

Does anyone else have any other terms that they can't stand that are used pretty frequently by non-runners or by people in general?  Or, are you just a GU taking happy go lucky person that doesn't have any annoyances?  Feel free to let loose, I've tagged this post with Pet Peeve!



32 comments:

Chad said...

To be fair, I responded to your survey 229 times. That other time was probably your wife or mother.

I like the term "paper bag run." This when your coach directs you to run embarrassingly slow.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

Way to cower to the will of your readers, Adam.

Personally, I love being compared to a Barbie on a treadmill. Barbie is HOT! And look how toned she is. Plus, she never, EVER heel strikes.

Anonymous said...

Actually, you don't take a dump you leave a dump (I hope!)

ltlindian said...

Nothing to do with running but I hate the word 'surreal'. People use it to describe everything. "I saw the crash and it was surreal." "When I saw Justin Beiber in concert, it was so surreal." or "I saw Adam running without his shirt and it was just surreal". ;)

hate that word.

Ian said...

Oh there are people that can fast walk a 13 minute mile. During the last summer olympics there was speedwalking marathon and the people that were leading it were "walking" at a 7 - 8 minute pace.

Yes, I watched it. Shut up!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I hate when people say thee-A-ter.
They sound like a total douche bag.

X-Country2 said...

I hate the word "jogging" so much that I don't even know what to call my stroller. Yes, it's a "jogging" stroller, but I paid $400 for a fancy double BOB, and I most certainly do not JOG in that thing. Blah!

Melissa Bitton said...

I can fast walk a 12 min mile! It was during Portland to Coast and I wanted to try to zoom! The teams who came in the lead: averaged 9.5min/mile. I have no idea how! Well, ok, I know...they do that funny walk thing (it's ILLEGAL/BAD/A NO-NO to run during Portland to Coast).

I can't think of any weird terms, but I wish people would stop asking me how many miles 'this' marathon is going to be...the last was 26.2, but surely it might change!

JenWa098 said...

Hello...new here...I know someone who passed the "pack test" for wildland firefighting with a 40 pound pack "walking" 3 miles at just over 9 minute miles. They are supposed to walk/have one foot on the ground. I found it hard to believe, but I guess it is "possible" if you are some kind of animal (or cheating). Of course that is about how fast I "run" so I guess that makes me some kind of "loser". I hate it when people put "everything" in "quotes". I also hate the words "empathetic" and "literally" as well as people with whom I work with who call me and my co-workers "family". Yuck.

Jamoosh said...

Why don't you "leave" a dump.

kilax said...

I use take a GU. Kind of like "take a shot"? Yes? No?

I don't really have any pet peeves that I can think of. Someone in my club was promoting people to "ghost" our inaugural race and a lot of people, myself included, thought that meant bandit it. So... I guess I think people shouldn't make up running vocab? (Even though I make up life vocab all the time)

Madison said...

I say take a GU too. Isn't "take a GU" similar to the term "taking vitamins". I think people say "take" because some people do not consider GU a food. I can't see myself eating a GU for fun. It's just gross outside of running.

Jill said...

I say "I Gu'd" or ask "Did you Gu?"
I think the Gu in itself is gross enough to require no other action verb. Plus, I'm really not even sure what I'm doing with it: sucking, eating, slurping, squeezing...so I just opt out.

On the days that I'm out there for the fun of it and don't have to run your crazy paces, I'm still going to jog, m'kay?

Angie Bee said...

a jog is a walk/run hybrid. Its just bad form.
The word GU reminds me too much of doo and when I think Doo I think DOOKIE! I take a dookie not a gu....kie :)

Kate said...

I love that quote...and it defines me as a runner more than anything else. Well, if "standing there looking pissed" is code for "staggering to a stop, trying to catch my breath, annoyed that the stupid light is screwing up my time while simultaneously being thankful that I get to rest for a moment".

Jackalope said...

The term "literally" is a pet peeve of mine.

It's overused to the point of absurdity.

"I LITERALLY hauled ass to work." Really? How big were the asses and where did you get the horse trailer?

"I LITERALLY puked my guts out." No, I assure you, you did not.

And so on . . .

RunningLaur said...

ok, I wasn't going to comment, but,

THE NUMBER OF TIMES IN THE LAST 2 WEEKS I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT A MARATHON IS 'HOW LONG WAS THIS MARATHON?' OR A '24 MILE ONE, RIGHT?' OR 'SO, YOU RAN LIKE, 3 MILES AT THIS MARATHON?' OR 'RUNNING IS BAD FOR YOUR KNEES.' O.M.F.G.

I should start an unstealth photo collection of THOSE people.

krystyna47 said...

I've only heard it a few times but I HATE when people use the term "Gu" for all gels. NO!

Also, apparently if you're a true cyclist, you don't use the term "biking". You go riding, you cycle, but you definitely DON'T go biking. Oh no.

Running Moose said...

Does anyone else have any other terms that they can't stand that are used pretty frequently by non-runners or by people in general?

Yes: My friends call it "public urination" I call it a nature break while running.
My friends call it a "corn field". I call it a private place to leave a dump and use nature's toilet paper. I DON'T eat corn anymore...

ShebaJC said...

Yeah, I'm definitely in the "jogging has to do with intensity level" camp. And the first 10-miler I did this year, we had a super-sonic walker who could well have placed she was so fast!

Laura said...

I am at the point where I don't use the term marathon any more outside of my run friends...they have no idea what it means except that every race I do is a marathon to them.

I am not some crazy person that would go off on someone if they said I was jogging but I still hate the connotation it brings.
I also hate the work connotation.

runyourashoff said...

I hate the words "soda" and "pop." I'm from the south so we say "coke." For example -

Question - "Can I have a coke?"
Answer - "Sure. What kind? Dr. Pepper or Pepsi?"

Then again, maybe that's why stupidity is associated with the south. haha

gene @boutdrz said...

this list is Epic. that movie was epic. i took/left an epic dump this morning (no, literally, i did).
yea, i really can't stand the ubiquitousness of epic.
like, totally gag me with a spoon, fer sherrrr.

wendy said...

You eat midgets too???? Do you "take" yours with butter or without? You do realize that that people are going to have nightmares picturing KISS at a Mary Kay party... When I hear the word jogging, I think of Walter Matthau in the Bad News Bears with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth!

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hauterunningmama said...

Garmin really? That chart made me laugh out loud. Literally.

I think it's funny when non-runners refer to all races as marathons. No matter the distance it's a marathon. LOL!

Jess said...

Clearly, we runners get worked up into a lather about a lot of running-related words! We're a tighlty wound group, I guess! :)

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Shawn said...

"at the end of the day"

and by the way, you still crack me up man!!!

of course, that is at "the end of the day"

ps...had to run by some damn joggers today...

mommysgoingforarun.com said...

My pet peeve is when accross is pronounced "acrossT." There's no T in 'across,' people (attn: my mother in law).

Joanna said...

I LOVE that "runners just look pissed" picture. That's fabulous. My former coach actually told us not to bother bouncing at stop lights. And he's an amazing runner, so I have to believe it.

I'm Tracy and... said...

Now I'm curious......how do you all feel about a pathetically slow runner...or "jogger" like me (10.5 - 12 minute mile) who says "I ran five miles today!" Do I deserve to use the word "run" to describe what I did? Is there a speed that I need to attain in order to be able to use the word "run"?

In my head I'm Speedy Gonzalez, but in reality my little twiggy legs and all that gravity keep holding me back.