More of What You Do Not Know Because You Are Not Me! By Michael Ring
On a Friday morning I woke up early and did the run I often do on a Saturday morning. Starting at
Since I left the house at 6 am instead of the usual 8 am I did not think automobile traffic would be an issue. I was wrong about that; rush hour was starting when I was running home.
The one major obstacle faced on my run was the people. Just as I was running towards the
"Sure, but then I have to tell you that I am not a jogger." He wanted to know why he can run for 45 minutes on a treadmill but he can't really run outdoors for 5 minutes. So, I explained that on a treadmill you are just spinning your legs, you are not making the effort to move your body forward, that running on a treadmill is like running down stairs. The treadmill is softer than any outdoor running surface and it is probably in a nice air conditioned gym. I told him that unless you set the treadmill at a serious incline, it is mostly a waste of time.
I saw the light bulb go off in his head. In under a minute I was able to teach this man something, "So why can't I call you a jogger?"
"My grandmother was a jogger; it was about the jogging suit and running in circles. Runners are training for events; events where someone says "GO!" and there is a clock at the end. I am a runner. Joggers jog, runners train."
The commuters had all gotten on the subway so he wished me luck on my next race