Runner or Jogger

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11/10/2012 at 15:45

Hi,

   I have a 10 mile race on Sunday and am really looking forward to it. I registered and got my pack. One thing that confuses me is there will be a staggered start, first the elites, the runners, then joggers and then walkers. Now i am no elite but what is the difference between a runner and a jogger. I plan on running about 9 min miles.

  I think i will go in the jogger section and it will be easier to speed up if i feel comfortable rather then having the world nad his nanny passing me out at mile 4. What do ye think?

11/10/2012 at 15:49

Seriously?!  That's the way the start is staggered?  I am too!!

If you're planning on running, I'd say you're a runner.  How are you going to make all the joggers around you feel if you start speeding up whilst amongst them??

11/10/2012 at 15:50

Poor information from the race organisers IMO. They should give indication of actual pace - either by estimated finish time or pace per mile, rather than ridiculous subjective categories.

I would contact the race director and point this out to them, and ask them to give verbal clarification on the day as to who should go where.

11/10/2012 at 15:53

Runner/Jogger - Great question.

When people ask me if I'm going jogging I get upset. Infact any mention of the J-word upsets me. Think it depends on your priorities and what exercise means to you.

11/10/2012 at 16:06

An interesting slant on the old runner/jogger chestnut!

For a race split into a staggered start with four different sections I would define those terms as follows:

- Elites: First quarter of the pack
- Runners: Second quarter of the pack
- Joggers: Third quarter of the pack
- Walkers: Last quarter of the pack

Decide how far up the field you would usually expect to finish in a race and line up accordingly.

"Simples", as they say. 

11/10/2012 at 16:18

Just re-read the documentation it actually states the following:

 

 "Assemble in area marked for Racers, Runners, Joggers or Walkers"

11/10/2012 at 16:25
Derek Walsh 2 wrote (see)

Just re-read the documentation it actually states the following:

 

 "Assemble in area marked for Racers, Runners, Joggers or Walkers"

When you contact the race director, make sure you also contact the run, jog and walk directors.

Can a runner win a prize?  Win the race obviously not, because you're not a racer...

Was the documentation typed or written in crayon?

EDIT: oops, just realised that's all one area!  What are the other areas?  Presumably supporters? Pleasantly interested in what's going on but never doing it myselfers?  This is getting in the way of my shoppingers?

Edited: 11/10/2012 at 16:27
11/10/2012 at 16:29

In fairness it is a charity event that does a lot of good work for cancer patients here in the south of ireland, Only for it i would not be jogging/running . There will be 2000 people doing it hoping to raise 250,000 euro. I think this is the 4th year it is on. This is the first year that i ever saw the stagered starting .

 

http://solascentre.ie/index.php/run-for-life/race-information/

Edited: 11/10/2012 at 16:31
11/10/2012 at 16:45

PhilPub, that would make me an elite in most of my races, as I'm normally in the top 10 to 20%.  

I dont think I'd be able to call myself an elite and keep a straight face 

11/10/2012 at 17:36

where i am in the pack depends on the pack

12/10/2012 at 18:56

Jogging is so last century!

13/10/2012 at 05:44

In fairness it's a race for 2000 people (or maybe less if only 25% are "racers") - it should be organised properly.

13/10/2012 at 17:28

CAn you get last years results, and work out which /4 you'll finish with, and then start with them. 9 min miles is more like "runner" than "jogger" I would think ( likley to be mid- pack at most biggish events)

14/10/2012 at 18:23

Hi all, Just finished the run. The start was fine altough there was no real staggering everyone just lined up and went, worked fine. Finished in 88 Mins, thrilled with that

Thanks for all the advice.

16/10/2012 at 12:48

I'm a plodder - so where would that put me?  I did a 10 mile event this weekend and did 97 mins......

16/10/2012 at 12:55
Derek Walsh 2 wrote (see)

Hi all, Just finished the run. The start was fine altough there was no real staggering everyone just lined up and went, worked fine. Finished in 88 Mins, thrilled with that

Thanks for all the advice.

So are you now classed as a jogger or a runner ??

16/10/2012 at 13:04

well done Derek

16/10/2012 at 13:37

no idea what i am classed as, Been called a few things , i finished 490 out of a field of about 1800 so really happy. I have my first half marathon on Dec 1st, really nervous about that as there will be less of a fun run element to it. 

http://www.totaltiming.ie/results/2012/solas_run_for_life_2012_fullresults.htm

 

Well done andyp on your time was that your first 10 mile or are you at this game a long time?

16/10/2012 at 15:52

That's an amazing finishing position Derek and sounds as though you'll be fine for your half marathon in Dec.  I find all events can be fun. The event I did this weekend only had about 200 people but there were others to talk to at my pace, which I like.

I've been running/jogging/plodding for a while now (first Reading half maraton was in 1984!) , and sometimesI 'll even break into a trot!

I'm def getting slower now though, but I still love taking part in events.

16/10/2012 at 17:44

For me, you have to run to achieve 9 minute miles. Without doubt. I think the grey area starts at 10 minutes...  but for me, 11 minute miling is jogging.

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