I’m often asked “Why do you jog so much?”… to which I answer “I run, I don’t jog.” It reminds me of a funny scene from the movie “The Horse Whisperer” where a horseback Redford meets a lady in the woods.
Tom Booker – “Jogger huh?”
Annie – “I don’t jog Mr. Booker, I run.”
Tom Booker – “Well that’s lucky for you. The grizzlies around here mostly go for the joggers.”
There is a distinct difference between joggers and runners. Although sometimes just as dedicated, joggers are typically recreational exercisers whose daily outings are characterized by long slow effort through the park enjoying a conversation with a partner. Runners are typically found solo on a remote trail or dirt road operating at or above lactate threshold. Joggers are often seen wearing the latest fashion in exercise apparel with nary a drop of perspiration found anywhere, where a runner’s gear is limited to a pair of old shorts (and sports bra for the girls) and little else covering their sweat-soaked body. Joggers listen to the music of Dave Mathews, Myley Sirrus, and Justin Beeber, where a runner’s soundtrack might include Led Zeppelin, Pantera, and Rob Zombie IF they are plugged in at all. Have you ever noticed when you read the news, it always seem to be a runner who is the one who finds dead bodies… jogger’s find the nearest Starbucks. A jogger’s motivation usually stems from caloric-surplus-guilt, an ideal pants size, or therapy from the spouse/kids. Runners have PRs to crush and race goals in mind. All these characteristics can be seen by the trained eye, but the easiest way to tell the difference between the two pedestrian types is when you see them waiting at a stop-light in traffic. Joggers are the ones who continue jogging in place waiting for the “walk” signal… runners just stand there looking pissed.
Long run – 2-5hrs depending on experience level. Trail preferred.
CFV Saturday WOD
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