Chuck Norris kicks ass IN JEANS*

Martial arts in jeans? Two words: Chuck Norris.

From one of the ads:

“These great-looking Western style jeans have a unique hidden gusset which allows greater movement without binding or ripping.”

Gusset. Oh how I wish there were more situations where I could use that word.

UPDATE: My sister just wrote to me and said that she gets to use “gusset” almost daily at her job. Envy.

*Re-posting this one from JoggingJeans.com’s early days because I was just reminded of it with this great sign:

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If you see someone exercising in jeans, be sure to look closely.

The last post got me thinking about all the different denim-inspired clothing we have seen here at JoggingJeans.com. It is important that you are reminded so when you see someone exercising in them, you aren’t duped into thinking they are the real thing.

To begin, make sure those jeans you see aren’t jeggings (as modeled by Conan and by Cori):

JeggingsThe person that you see skiing in jeans might actually be wearing faux denim ski pants:

jean-snowpantOh, and who could forget PicNic Pants?

PicNicAnd do you remember the time I wore INKnBURNS’s denim look-a-like athletic pants, True Blue Performance Denim Capris, on a run, at the yoga studio, and at the gym? You’ll have to click the link to see the pictures of me.

Where were we? Oh, denim underwear are not jorts:

JeanPant1And denim swimwear really is a thing:

swimAnd, finally, the atrocious sandal boots are probably the closest thing we’ve seen to “real” jeans. And, certainly, they win the Most Hideous award.

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Forget Pajama Jeans – Check out JeanPant Underwear

Our world is getting more and more weird awesome by the day.

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Professional baseball players on the field IN JEANS!?

The BIGGEST shout out to Bob for thinking of me and sending me the following picture of a player of the Hiroshima Toyo Carps, a professional baseball team in Japan’s Central League.

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I can’t say anything better than what @yakulto, the guy who posted the photo on Twitter said, “Wow. The Carp are rocking some top-tier fugly threads this evening.”

[Speaking of baseball, how ’bout those Pirates?! Twenty years of losing seasons to possible playoff contention?! Pinch me.]

REVIEW: INKnBURN Performance Denim Capris

[ALTERNATIVE TITLE: Don’t take a picture of my butt and send it to me.]

Short version of review:logo_inknburn

INKnBURNS’s True Blue Performance Denim Capris are versatile for all of your workouts. They are comfortable and cute too!

Long version of review:

At least once a week, someone is emailing, commenting, Tweeting, texting (hey, Sis!) me about INKnBURN and their denim line of clothing. If you aren’t familiar with INKnBURN, I would describe them as a company that manufactures workout apparel “with an edge.” If you aren’t familiar with their “performance denim” line, it is comprised of clothes made of tech material with the look of denim. And the line is extensive: pants, skirt, shorts, tank, jacket, even a sports bra and headband! So, when given the opportunity to receive and review a pair of their True Blue INB Performance Denim Capris, I jumped at the chance.

For me, the ideal piece of exercise apparel is versatile – it takes me from the weight room to the yoga studio to the road/trails. I am far too much of a minimalist to have workout wear that must match all the different activities I enjoy. Additionally, my other criteria for exercise apparel is that I don’t want to THINK about it. If I am wearing something that itches or tugs or bunches or rubs, I can’t ignore it. Many workouts have been ruined (i.e. stopped early) due to the fact that I am distracted and/or uncomfortable.

Enter True Blue INB Performance Denim Capris.  I wore them running. I wore them in the weight room. I wore them to a power yoga class.

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FUNCTIONALITY

Overall, they are a high-quality product. Material, stitching…all good.

There was the perfect amount of stretch. Enough that you could wear them more than once without washing them (shut up, you know you do this) and they still retained their clingy stretchiness during subsequent wear(s). But, unlike compression-type pants, they aren’t gut-squeezing tight and limiting movement.

They were breathable and moisture-wicking. These aren’t for winter weather but in a moderate to hot environment, you will have no worries about staying cool and dry.

No tags! Nothing to scratch, rub, or irritate. Yes, the name and washing instructors are “burned” or embedded in the fabric. BRILLIANT!

THE LOOK

I feel like I can say that I “almost jogging in jeans” while wearing them because they REALLY look like denim! From the front, they might be able to pass for blue workout clothes, but the waistband stitching and back pocket stitching…yeah, jeans all the way.

I was a bit nervous wearing them because…well, you KNOW why. The look like jeans and I am wearing them to exercise.

Running: I wore them twice. The first time, I was out on a run by myself. As I passed walkers, I secretly hoped they weren’t JoggingJeans.com viewers and scrambling for their phones to take a picture of me. Thank goodness that my Twitter feed and email inbox have been empty of pictures of my own butt in “jeans.” And then I wore them this morning on a run with the BEST running group, Steel City Road Runners Club. It is comprised of a fantastic group of runners – heck, a fantastic group of people that are supportive and encouraging and passionate about the sport. Today’s run was a “blue out” training run to show our solidarity with all those affected by the tragedy in Boston. Given that these are the only blue pants I own, it seemed like a no-brainer to wear them. During and after the run, several people asked about them – most with a big smile and a “Hey, nice pants. Are they jeans?” or a “Did you just RUN in jeans!?” For those that didn’t ask, I’m sure they were wondering about the weirdo who was running in jeans.

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Here I am on the far left after our 11 mile run. So much for thinking that I was out of the shot!

Our Bibs!

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The weight room: I was nervous about showing up in the gym. The weight room section of my gym is pretty hardcore and, being the only girl there, I work hard to NOT do things to draw attention to myself. So I wore these on the day when there were the fewest people (Sunday at 8:00a-I opened the place), and there were only a handful of people there. However, those damn mirrors everywhere wouldn’t let me forget that I was in “jeans.” Again, I was hoping the girl on the elliptical on her phone wasn’t photographing me.

Power yoga class: My wonderful instructor (who I mentioned in the only other review I did on this site) came up to me once class started and whispered in my ear, “I was very confused about these and was thinking, ‘Is she in jeans?!’ Cute.”

And a quick video of me at the gym in them. The weird ending is because I told Dear Husband to start the start the recording mid-set and end it as soon as I finished so I wouldn’t have to edit it. He didn’t, so you get it “as is” with his wife looking like an idiot.

To the gym rats: Don’t attack. I don’t normally do squats on the Smith machine. The regular squat racks were being used and this part of the gym was empty.

Final, VERY IMPORTANT words: As some of you know, I’m running my first half marathon in Pittsburgh in 2 weeks (cue freak out). These are the frontrunners as of now for my race day outfit. So if you see them (i.e. me) on May 5th, just say ‘hi.’ Please don’t photograph my ass and send it to me with the text, “Hey, I saw this lady at the Pittsburgh Marathon IN JEANS!” ;)

Disclosure:  The thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and based on my experience.  I was provided the INKnBURN apparel free of charge for the purpose of a product review. I am under no obligation to return the product and can keep it for me own personal, continued use.

Miscellaneous Friday Things

1. My love for Mike, Boyfriend #8 and organizer of the Jorts House Mafia‘s presence at Baltimore’s Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K, just grew exponentially because of this list he posted on the event’s Facebook page:

Hey team, a few last minute things….
1. Pick up your race packets meow.
2. We’re going to meet at 12pm at Mick O’Sheas (which is only a block south of the starting line on Charles St) for a prerace drink or two and team picture.
3. Remember to move your clocks one hour forward that morning.
4. No iPods/headphones are allowed this year. We’ll be blasting EDM/House music from our iPhones though for everyone to hear.
5. Beers after the race at powerplant. Grab two in case someone else wants one.
6. Make sure you look nice and iron your jeans/jorts/overalls/jeggings!

Mike is the “me” of my group of friends – the planner, the organizer, the one to remind everyone to turn their clocks ahead. L.O.V.E.

And then #6! L.O.V.E multiplied by infinity.

And who else drinks BEFORE a race!? Besides Charla, I mean?

The race is Sunday. I can hardly wait for the almost naked pictures.

2. There has been an addition to the “Gym Signs that Suck” post thanks to Reader Stephanie.

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3. I saw these denim-look “boy shorts” underwear while out shopping one day. Yes, I was tempted to buy them. No, I didn’t actually buy them. Reminds me of denim swimwear.

Underwear4. Here is a screen shot from my upcoming review of INKnBURNS’s True Blue Performance Denim Capris. Sexy, huh? Stay tuned.

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5. And, lastly, Josher is hosting The Great Dreadmill Run this weekend to continue his quest to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute through Huntsman Hometown Heros.

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Because the weather is still lousy, and you are probably going to do your run on the treadmill ANYWAY this weekend, how about throwing a few dollars towards this great cause? Details here.

If you do the run in some type of denim-wear, I’d love to have the picture and feature you here. Do it.

6. I lied. One more: Have a great weekend, Friends.

Oh. Hell. No.

(h/t Tiffany (and then Jen) for alerting me to these atrocities. However, unlike Tiffany, I do not want to see someone jogging in these some day).

Denim swimwear!?

I’m going on vacation soon and started shopping for a new swimsuit. I’ve narrowed my choices down to these:

And I found this one for my husband:

Pictures of us on the beach in St. Martin will be posted next month. ;)

What the…?

I looked high and low to confirm that what I am about to show you is not a joke. Unfortunately, it appears to be a real thing and takes “jean-inspired clothing” to a new level.

Acquacalda Design has designed jeans that double as a picnic table.

Yes, your eyes read that correctly. Meet the Pic Nic Pant:

From the website: “Pic Nic pants take advantage of the usual cross-legged position to become a comfortable surface useful for the consumption of a meal outdoors. Laterally pants have an orientable pocket for drinks.”

Friends, know that we are all connected not only in our love of looking at people inappropriately wearing jeans while exercising but now also in the collective shaking of our heads that just occurred.

Awesome find, Zebo!

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 Josher is ready for his denim-clad race tomorrow! SQUEEEE!! Thanks to the following people that donated to Denim for a Cure to make this happen:

Minka Misangyi, San Antonio, TX. Author of MoreThanRunning
Jill Whitaker, Las Vegas, NV. Author of JillWillRun and theRUNiverse
Tracey Lazos, Boston, MA. Author of StrideAndJoy
Marcie, Dallas, TX
Charla Neuman, Seattle, WA. Author of RunningHaiku
Amy Ambler, Salt Lake City, UT
And all the others!
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You can still donate by clicking here.

Lovin’ the love!

While I love receiving your pictures, I love just as much hearing about the “misses” – you know, when you see the person jogging in jeans and think of me.

Like my Pittsburgh girl, Shannon, who Tweeted:

And Kristen, InspiredByDooce blogger:

I also love the times when you share with me things that you know I will enjoy. For example:

Sue snapped this picture at her local community center:

“NO JEANS”!? What fun is that?

And Jennifer, My Lesson in Motivation blogger, who saw these jean-inspired ski pants. They are water-resistant ski-pants that look like jeans!

Keep ‘em coming!

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$765 of $1000 raised!! Donate to by clicking here.
Josher received his Denim for a Cure t-shirt in the mail yesterday.
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A big big BIG thanks to the following JoggingJeans.com readers who have contributed their hard-earned money to support Denim for a Cure:
Mary Long, Sellersville, PA
Minka Misangyi, San Antonio, TX. Author of MoreThanRunning
Jill Whitaker, Las Vegas, NV. Author of JillWillRun and theRUNiverse
Tracey Lazos, Boston, MA. Author of StrideAndJoy
Marcie, Dallas, TX
Charla Neuman, Seattle, WA. Author of RunningHaiku
And all the others!
(You can be on this list by donating and then sending me an email telling me that you did – JoggingJeans@gmail.com)
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Read more about the campaign here. Read more about Josher Hanson, the guy who will be running in head-to-toe denim, here.
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