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I seem to be a better jogger than a runner. Is one or other a better way to stay in shape? I just need to do some toning. Suggestions? Right now- I do about 2 miles a day 3 to 4 days a week. I want to pick it up but sometimes getting out there makes me think I hate to run and I end up jogging or walking really really fast <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Ideas? My dog likes to run but he isn't giving up any of the secrets! He's like that.
 

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I think running is a better way to stay in shape (and to get more toned) but of course the best way of anything is the way that you enjoy most. If jogging gets you out there, then that is what you should do.<br><br>
If I can make a suggestion; add a little distance each week until you can do 4 miles occasionally, then try entering a 5K race. The fun and excitement will motivate you, guaranteed. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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What a good idea- a goal is in order! I should. I will. I'll start looking for one in the near future, maybe in April. Something to strive for. I can do it!
 

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4 times per week is a lot for a newbie, I wouldn't do more than 3 for now.<br>
I'd Concentrate on running for longer.<br><br>
Of course this all depends on your motivations for running!
 

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Remember the definition of a jogger is someone who runs slower than you do. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Notice this site is Kickrunners...not Kickjoggers.<br><br>
As far as I'm concerned if you're putting one foot ahead of the other and at some point during the daily exercise both feet will be (even if for only a millisecond) off the ground together then you are running.
 

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Dosent the difference between jogging and running have to do with how uch you push your max heart rate? I thought I read that somewhere or is there no real clear definition?
 

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"Jogging" is a leftover term from the 70s. There's no clear, shared meaning of "jogging" anymore. Some people mean "slow running". Some people mean "running with no goal".<br><br>
The slow version? Well, that's all relative. I'm slower than a lot of people around here, but I am faster than some. Do I jog?<br><br>
Nope. There are two things: running and walking. What separates them isn't speed... it's that biomechanically, they are two different motions.<br><br>
As for "toning", there are a couple pieces to this...<br><br>
1. Changing your body mass to cut down on the body fat percentage... as you do, your muscles show more. Running/jogging (same thing) will certainly help with this. BUT diet is very important.<br><br>
2. Changing the muscles themselves. Running will help with this... for your lower body. As will lifting weights, especially for your upper body.<br><br>
Running and lifting and other forms of cross training will generally ALL help you towards your goal <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
And running is good for your cardio-vascular system too.<br><br>
Besides, runners are sexy.
 

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Well, I today I ran and my time was 19.4 minutes for 2 miles. That just flat out stinks. I am pushing myself to not jog anymore because I am completely able and in shape enough and a lot of it is mental. I have to work past that and keep movin along <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Sweetnsour, I'm pretty much a newbie too, and I don't think that's a "pathetic" time.<br><br>
I'd just be careful... from what I've read, you should concentrate on "speed" workouts once a week. (More experienced runners can correct me!) But if you try to run your fastest for every workout, you might be risking injury.<br><br>
Of course, I'm saying this not knowing your current level of fitness or past experience.
 

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I ran today and my time was 1:01:30 or so for 6.07 miles. You were faster than me.<br><br>
It's true though that I can do a mile flat out a whole lot faster than 10:00, but speed is all relative.<br><br>
You're new. Get used to just running, run by time (say, 30 mins. one day, 20 the next...) and don't worry about speed or distance. It will come.
 

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There are a number of long races around where the winners won't go that fast! The point is that "fast" vs "slow" depends on a number of things: how far you run, what the terrain is like, and who you are.<br><br>
I'm of the opinion that someone who's less used to running than I am can run 4 miles at 11 minutes per mile and it's an epic accomplishment. If I were to do that, it would barely be shrug-worthy.<br><br>
The opposite is true too: my huge PR may be a recovery run for someone else.
 

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best freaking advice ever!!!!! we are too bent on miles (km for some). The most common running mistake....running too fast. Keeping track of time rather than distance can help curb that bad habit.<br><br>
You need to run slow to run fast.<br><br>
There will come a day to run fast and you will run faster, if you've been running slower. I kid you not. <img alt="icon_flower.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_flower.gif">
 

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Thanks for that advice! especially the whole run slow thing and time. I am going to try that. I guess because I come from a long line of runners that I tend to think about speed. It is scratched now. You are right.
 

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Not every run needs to be flat out, you do need to go out and just enjoy it occasionally!
 

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I know some newbies who run by distance and don't worry about time.<br><br>
Either one works, as long as you don't put the two together in the beginning.<br><br>
The advantage of running by distance is you can make sure you end up at home rather than at the 7-11 eight blocks away from home when your time is up. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I jog<br>
I slog<br>
I plod<br>
I rack up measly mileage totals<br>
I sometimes fret over pace and distance, but then I say, "Porty...you idiot...you don't enter races, so why worry about those silly things?"<br><br><br>
that's a good enough answer for me<br><br><br>
~best of luck finding what works for you~
 

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So what is the difference?! I had a sports Dr ask me, "Do you run or do you jog?" and I was truly at a loss as to what the correct answer was.<br><br>
If its the amount of effort you put forth, I can promise you the 3 miles I ran in 36 minutes yesterday was the hardest thing I've ever done to continuously run for 36 minutes straight. So for me, I was running. However, if it was just 1/4 of a mile I had to run, then, damn, I'd be jogging since 1/4 of a mile is easy for me to run now. OTOH, two months ago, if someone asked me to run/jog 1/4 mile, I'd laugh at them and then promptly keel over from just thinking about being able to run that far.
 

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If you ask me the difference is effort. I call a nice easy run a jog. Everything else is running. Of course, my jog might be a sprint for someone else and my race pace might be a jog for elites. It's all relative and really just doesn't matter.<br><br>
Now just shut the hell up and get out there. angry9:
 
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