In the world of workouts and exercises, the predominant thing that most people follow to keep themselves fit is jogging, or some call it running.

The words running and jogging are not interchangeably used instead, people use the word jogging extensive enough to cover the term running too. But running and jogging are two different things.

It is quite important that we all realize that running and jogging don’t just differ in terms of speed. There are many other things that draw a line of difference between the two:


Let’s begin with the known fact. The primary difference between running and jogging is the speed at which you carry out these activities. The speed limit of jogging is 6 mph while any speed more than 6 mph is defined as running.

Muscle development:

The growth of your muscle depends on the pace of your activity. It is scientifically proven that the faster you move, the better your muscles are activated. When it comes to muscle activation running serves the purpose better. Jogging is only for refreshing and reenergizing your body.

Burning numbers:

The efficiency of the work out depends on the calories you burn. Obviously sprinting burns more calories than jogging. In the ‘International Journal of Obesity,’ it was clearly stated that the total body mass reduces in significant amount only in vigorous exercises such as running than in steady-pace activities like jogging.

The lovely aftermath:

What if your body can burn calories even after you have stopped running, simply by restoring oxygen level? Yes, this can happen when you are running. Since the body is out of the niche zone when you run, the act consumes more oxygen and drains the reserves too. It takes about 48 hours to restore the oxygen levels. Which means your body will burn calories even after you have stopped running. But this doesn’t happen in jogging as jogging doesn’t eat too much of oxygen.

Where jogging over takes running?

Though it’s all nice about running, there are certain cases where jogging supersedes running, let’s see them quickly:

  • Jogging requires less effort than running. So you do not lose the energy levels quickly
  • The body temperature rises when you run whereas in jogging the body keeps it’s cool.
  • Jogging is recommended instead of running if you are going to do it at night. Because running can disturb your sleeping routine and can keep you up for hours.

Now that you know the impact of jogging and running, depending on what your body requires, choose wisely!

Different types of runs:

The act of running can be classified into various types depending on the speed and other factors. Let’s see the different types of runs.

Base runs:

Base run is where the runner covers about short to moderate distance. They are not overly challenging ones. Base runs are simple and should be done at natural pace. Anybody can simply do these runs and quite often too.

Progression Runs:

In progression runs, as the name suggests, the run develops speed gradually. It starts at the runner’s natural pace and speed grows naturally to a faster pace. Since the runners pick speed as they reach the end they will need more time to recover than it is actually required in base runs.

Long Runs:

Again it is nothing new to us. The runs cover a larger distance than the moderate distance an average athlete runs. To increase the running distance will be the aim of the runner. He gets out of the comfortable zone and performs longer distances at a pace that is faster than his normal pace.


This type is where you can have all the fun that you want in running. There are no rules while you perform. No competitions and no one to judge. You simply fix a goal and run towards it. The next time you perform you are simply going to push your goal a little further or increase your run speed.


This type of workouts usually takes place when you are trying to cover a longer distance. Since you are supposed to cover a comparatively long distance you pace up fast right from the beginning. However, to avoid complaints, the runner can take breaks by walking or jogging in between instead of running in his full potential. So you keep covering the distance even while you take a break.

Threshold Runs:

These are also known as tempo runs. These runs help you to figure out the pace in which you can run and your vital capacity afterward. So usually here the runner is expected to perform at his maximum possible speed. They can be quite challenging at times.

Hill repeats:

Here you run short segments through hill areas or any similar steep surfaces. This helps the runner to learn pain-tolerance techniques and fatigue resistance. Here the workouts are performed from normal to moderate pace.

Easy runs: 

Easy runs are also known as recovery runs. They are usually performed at natural to slow pace just as a way to relax the muscles after tough running workouts. So these runs are usually not performed individually, they come as a combo and are performed either after progressive runs or long runs.

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