“No, I’m not a real runner…..”

“Oh no, I’m not a runner I just jog ……… no honestly. I’m very slow, I don’t run”. So many people are hesitant to call themselves “runners”. Why? Trying to call someone a runner is often construed as an accusation, answered aggressively with “I AM NOT A RUNNER, I ONLY JOG!!! Runners run because they love to, joggers run because they like biscuits, pastry and maybe even beer but want to fit into tight jeans. But don’t running and jogging mean the same thing? Is running just about speed, training and running races? Joggers wear loose comfortable gear, runners wear figure hugging fancy running clothes and expensive GPS watches … is that the difference? No, in fact they must be different. Traditionally, the noticeable difference between the two is speed. Jogging has been defined as going at a pace of less than 6 mph (10 minute mile), while running is defined as anything faster. Other differences include the amount of calories burnt and how the muscles react to the two exercises. Running pace affects the activation of the muscles in the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, shins and calves. The faster the pace the more muscles stimulated and the more calories burnt (Kyrolainen et al., 2005).

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“You Never Smell Your Own”

Apparently you never smell your own, the sense of smell adapts quickly so you won’t smell it after the first couple of minutes, but once you leave the area you readjust and on returning it hits you with a bang. Luckily for me, smells that your nose encounters regularly aren’t as obnoxious. Most people think that their own doesn’t stink. But it’s all an illusion; we simply become accustomed and desensitised to things that are familiar. The brain actually adapts to bad smells, if it didn’t, it would be overloaded by the constant sensory input. However the reaction to scent varies. In fact the sense of smell may to be linked to personality traits – people who are more uptight are more sensitive to bad smells (Seo et al., 2013) Unfortunately for my wife women consistently out-perform men on all tests of smelling ability (Sergeant, 2010; Novakova et al., 2013). But I love my old running shoes and I’m keeping them no matter how badly they smell!

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