Somebody posed the question on Slowtwitch what the difference is between jogging and running. Someone said perhaps 8 min miles is the cutoff. I’m not so sure an arbitrary time standard is what it’s about. Maybe the best response on that thread was the description of what happens when each is stopped at a crosswalk — a jogger bounces waiting for the light to change while a runner stands there looking pissed. Funny. And probably true.
There are certainly those of us who would be pleased to be called a “runner” but pretty miffed to be called a “jogger”. Admittedly, I’m one of those. I’m fine with being a runner who might be jogging because I’m tired, piling on mileage, or just doing a recovery run (if those indeed do exist). Another reason a runner might be jogging is if she were, say, anemic. Running would require too much effort, but jogging can be slogged through. Jogging. Slogging. There’s probably etymological rationale for why the two words sound so much alike.
I know I haven’t provided an update on how the anemia recovery is going, and I wanted to, but I haven’t gotten my bloodwork tests back yet and it would have been better to have that data as part of the update. I need to call the doctor again. I was supposed to have these by last Monday. So far, I’m taking more iron, eating more meat, eating spinach daily, plus all sorts of other iron-containing foods like lentils, raisins, dates and so on. I also changed when I take the iron to be with food and at least once with orange juice, since vitamin C improves absorption.
After a couple weeks of this, the improvement has been gradual. This weekend, I felt almost normal, except on a few climbs. The biggest news is that my post ride run today wasn’t a jog. Even after two big days of riding, I took shoe soles to road and discovered that I could actually RUN and not feel woozy. Oh, this is good. Should I slow down so I can go a little longer? Heck no!!! I’d rather RUN a short 3 miles than slog a couple extra. OK, maybe I wouldn’t be slogging, exactly, but I felt decent and wanted to go. Not race fast or even tempo pace, but a good, solid RUN pace. Sweet.