And all this time I thought I was running!

 It’s official!

This past Sunday I wrote a post about my declining pace performance. I showed a graph with speeds in MPH based on GPS watch data. My Garmin often under-counts my distance, so the speeds on the graph are probably 3.2-4% slower than my actual average speed. I was a little surprised to see a comment that seemed targeted to the lowest pace on my graph. The comment said, “The official name of anything below 5.5 is ‘walking.”’

This is good to know, because all this time when I was running 10-something paces for ten or more miles on the Bethpage trail, I thought I was actually running. But what about those race-walkers that reach paces in the 6:00/mile range? Very confusing. Technically, I believe it is considered running when both feet leave the ground, versus walking, where one foot always remains on the ground.

I know this commenter was just being sarcastic (if a little mean). Perhaps he/she can clear up some other questions for me, such as, “What’s the official difference between rapping and singing?” In the meantime, I’m declaring anyone who calls themselves a runner to be one. And no matter what speed they actually run, it’s still running.

10 thoughts on “And all this time I thought I was running!

  1. Rapping is not singing. That does not minimize it's artistic value, it's just different. Walking is not running. However, you're still exercising and probably doing your bones a favor by doing the former on a regular basis.

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  2. I walk every day to work, and measure my avg speed using a Garmin watch. It is usually 5.5 km/h. km/h is used in Europe, while I guess in the US you would use mi/h. So in your units 5.5 mi/h is my walking speed. That's why I said that moving at this speed is called walking.

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