Some people call themselves joggers, other people will tell you they are athletes. The choice of words alone provides a wealth of information about the runner’s sense of self.
Really interesting article in The Guardian this morning. Not only does Edward Price give a good introduction to the Fartlek, or speed-play, workout and its origins, he suggests that it is using and understanding terminology such as this that differentiates someone who runs from someone who is a runner.
To use the categorisation from Serious Leisure theory that informs my dissertation, the recognition of sport-specific terminology represents a shift from casual to serious leisure or a movement up the involvement scale from neophyte to devotee.