General queries

I am new to all this and was wondering what is the difference between jogging and running. I would consider that I jog when I go out and not run. I have just started first week of a beginner programme which I have now completed thankfully which consists of power walk/jog, 3 days per week, (hopefully to be replaced by run/walk in due course !!)

Found that my feet were a bit achy today in the arch area, (I have correct shoes purchased from running shop) - is this because my feet are not used to it as out on pavements and harder on feet. Used to jog/run on treadmill in gym and did not remember this happening.

Oh and finally, is it harder to breathe when jogging when the air is cold, or again is it because I am not used to it.? Air very cold when I went out after work tonight.


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0 7 22 Feb 10

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  1. ST

    star Thanks for responses folks, good points Sisyphus.

    Just been out after work in the rain (4th time out) and found it quite theraputic normally I do not like getting wet. Shins are a bit tender but will keep at it. Managed to jog for 2 mins, walk x 3 (usual 1 min jog) and finish with a 3min jog with power walking in between. Will take it easy and not try to rush things. Shins are a bit tender today but will keep at it.

    0 24 Feb 10
  2. SI

    Sisyphus I don`t think that there has ever been a definitive answer to this question, but I believe that it`s read moretoo subjective an issue to be merely a matter of relative speed... One person`s walk may equate to another person`s jog... One person`s jog maybe the next person`s run... One person`s run maybe another`s sprint...

    ... Every individual has their own varying levels of effort, which in turn produce varying speeds; so comparisons between different individuals for the purposes of creating a "boundary" between jogging and running cannot be regarded as being too useful.

    So, I`d suggest that rather than speed, it`s more a case of individual effort. Everyone has their own jogging effort... and everyone has their own running effort... and everyone has their own point at which the one becomes the other.

    0 24 Feb 10
  3. Bernie Bear

    Bernie Bear Hi Star,

    Having competed in a few race-walks, I think that the difference between jogging and running is that jogging would get you disqualified, whereas you wouldn`t even try running...

    Seriously, running is when you lift your knees and stride out. You wouldn`t even consider whether Paula Radcliffe is running or jogging. Whereas jogging is a relatively gentle form of moving faster than walking, with your feet not really getting more than a few inches off the ground. I can `jog` at about 8 mph, a 4-minute miler will run at 15 mph, Mike Boit will run at about 25 mph, and Paula will be doing about 12 mph.

    We had another thread where we discussed stride length. Quick 800m guys will be striding about 8 ft., I find that my `jog` stride is about 3 ft. The transition to running is somewhere in there - between 8mph & 12 mph, and between 8 ft strides and 3 ft strides. But don`t sweat it - there are more ways than one to skin a cat!

    0 23 Feb 10
  4. Runaway Nan

    Runaway Nan Hi Star, my in-laws moved from Torquay to Eastbourne recently. They were in the ?Warbury`s? for a read morewhile and prior to that they were at Babbacombe so I know the kind of hills you are encountering! Good luck with your running.

    0 23 Feb 10
  5. scrubber

    scrubber Hi Star,

    Well done for getting out there, hope this week is going well for you.

    I think to start off with you will feel little niggles everywhere, feet, knees, hips etc... just whilst your body gets used to running these should all settle down in a couple of weeks, obviously if they don`t or something is painful as opposed to uncomfortable the you need to rest up a bit.

    It does get easier and more enjoyable honestly!

    I am just up the road in Plymouth so if you are ever near give me a shout and we can meet up for a run!

    0 23 Feb 10
  6. ST

    star Thanks Trout, I sometimes wonder if my laces are too tight so I will give that a go. I will keep read moregoing and will write to forum if I find that things are getting tough.

    I am in Torquay and we have many hills here which sometimes can fill you with dread as some of them can leave you gasping and that is just walking up them !

    0 23 Feb 10
  7. Trout

    Trout well done star for starting, the running thing is up to you, I go out for a run even though its at read moresnails pace and I am only up to half an hour, makes me feel good. The feet thing yes they do get achey, it will come and go the more you do but just make sure your laces arent too tight. The breathing is definately harder in really cold weather and really hot weather. I have to take an inhaler before I run if its cold as I cough for ages once Im home. Istill run once a week on the treadmill, mainly to up fitness without hurting as much as I do when I go out to run which Im still trying to do twice a week. Some runs are great some are ok and some are horrible so dont get discouraged. I started run walk programme and it took 10 weeks before I could run longer than 15 mns but the weird thing is the first 10/15 are the hardest then you find a rhythm. Just go as slow as you possibly can and tyr and breathe regularly even if you feel ok at start. Everyone here will help and support you if you want , good luck.

    0 22 Feb 10