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Q. “Dear Coach Mike: What equipment do I actually need to begin a running program? Jill”
A. “Running shoes, shorts, t-shirts, bag of (no-name) cotton sweat socks from K-mart, Vaseline and Bandaids.  The rest is window dressing, except maybe a sports bra.”

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Q. “Michael: Will it hurt my training if I take a day off? Beth”
A. “Dear Beth: It will hurt your training if you don’t take a day off.  Actual improvement takes place during rest, not during exercise.  Also, a day or two of rest (even when you don’t ‘feel’ tired, will help prevent over-use injuries, and creeping exhaustion (over-training).”

Q. “Dr. Mad Dog: What’s the best way to breath? Panting to Know”
A. “Dear Panting: In, out, in, out, with the mouth slightly open. All that counting stuff is a 30 year-old joke that a lot of people fell for.”

Is there a difference between running and jogging?  If yes, what is the difference?

Is it speed? The difference certainly isn’t speed.  There are slowish people out there who are truly serious about their training, running and racing.  They continually try to improve in relation to their previous performances.   Yet....without being born with “speed genes,” they aren’t going to beat the field.  Still, these folks are certainly runners.

Is it attitude?  There are others, who, while they may have the built-in ability to move truly fast, are not motivated. Perhaps they train once or twice a week to maintain health, lay off for awhile, then come back and put in a few miles. On the face of it, we would probably call them joggers.  Unless of course, they wish to be considered runners.  If so, let them be runners. Who really cares.

So, the secret word is duck!  Although I really don’t think about it much any more, if pressed, I’d say: if you run with a stopwatch, you’re a RUNNER!  It’s the attitude that counts.

If you wish to be a runner, and pit yourself against yourself and or against the rest of the field, it takes dedication, perseverance, careful planning and record keeping.

Generally speaking, the distances between 5K (3.1 miles) and 20K (12.4 miles) are considered running.  Distances beyond that, ultra-running.  However, If you’re a purest, ultra-running doesn’t begin until you surpass the marathon (26 miles, 385 yards / 42K).

While both running and ultra-running have various areas of commonality, in training, running tends to stress speed, and ulltra-running, mileage.

Training for, and running the shorter (sic) distances may be an end in itself. It may also be a stepping stone to the longer distances, and a part of distance training.  For example: You may use 5K and 10K races as speedwork in preparation for the marathon.

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