“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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Most Recovery Methods Cut Very Little Ice

Standing at the top of the stairs wondering how I will get to the bottom in one piece …… sideways, walking backwards and the piggy back from my wife have all been ruled out. Molly believes the solution is obvious and shows me how to slide down on my bum. “It is the only option” […]

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“Avoiding Injury and Divorce during Marathon Training”

They come in all shapes and sizes, some are long but others are short and stocky. Some even have lumps and bumps. Mine is long and curved from wear and overuse, and my wife cringes when I take it out in the sitting room but my foam roller is an indispensable part of my equipment. […]

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