Final Dedication Day + Motivational Poster #4

The final day is dedicated to all the rest of you! You are ALL my favorites. Whether you did a jog in jeans once, think that some day you might try it, or just laugh along with us – you are the best and I love all of you. Just as you are. Don’t change one little thing.

But I gotta list a few people by name. Thanks for promoting and appreciating the jogging-in-jeans cause in the way that you do. And, yes, I’m hoping you come to the ‘Burgh some day.

The jean-joggers:

Charla: She nabbed a PR running in jeans, writes me poetry, and is always scoping out jean-wearers at her races. We ARE going to run a race together some day – I am sure of it.

Gabe: No words needed.

Katy: She ran in jeans and then, although it was quickly abandoned, started a 12 Days of Christmas jeans-running streak. The fact that she attempted it earns her major love points from me. (However, I am using her experience as scientific evidence for why I won’t try this whole silly jogging-in-denim thing.)

Jorts House Mafia members: How awesome would it be to be IN A PICTURE with Brian #2  in his underwear in front of the Point State Park fountain?

The non-jeans-joggers:

Minka: If you read her blog, you’ll know that she is incredible and the type of person that you want to have around you.

Elisa: Another person that you want to have in your circle. Plus she sends me jean-jogging pictures all the time AND she doesn’t live THAT far away for a Pittsburgh trip.

Jen: I don’t want her to just visit, I want her to move to Pittsburgh so we can be real friends. Anyone who announces her pregnancy to the blogging world in this way is clearly awesome on so many levels.

Whitney: She’s “racing the states” and hasn’t yet ran a Pennsylvania race. Hoping it is Pittsburgh some day! And we’ll go to the zombie store together.

Mary: I love her. My #1 site commenter! Woot woot!

I realized, while making this list, that there are oodles more of you that should be on it. So I’m calling this “Dedication Week – Part 1.” All of you, if I find out that you were in Pittsburgh without a heads-up…well, let’s just say that I better not find out [scrunched up nose and vicious evil eyes looking at Y.O.U].

And because I can’t have a post without a picture, enjoy JoggingJeans.com’s motivational poster #4:

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You can see all of the past posters that are motivating you to jog in jeans here.

Race costumes that involve JEANS!

If everyone showed me the love and attention that Runner’s World does, I’d be right up there with royalty and celebrities. Seriously.

The love started out with a Facebook post when the blog began. Then a mention on RW Daily. Then came the motherload: a blurb in the April print edition. Then on Friday, truly the icing on the cupcake, RW Daily gave a shout out to my two new blogs. If I didn’t know that I was the biggest dork, I would worry that my head would get big (wink wink, Mark Remy). Instead, I am nothing but honored and humbled and appreciative. I AM bothered that there is no way to give my heartfelt thanks for all the love they have showed this Pittsburgh girl. So, to the JoggingJeans.com viewers, go buy their magazine, run their races, support their advertisers,  and if you happen to know of anyone in the upper-ranks of the organization, give him or her a ‘thanks’ and a hug (okay, guys can give a fistbump) from me.

So…if you haven’t checked out the two links to the right (Best Race Signs and Best Race Costumes), you can do it now. :) I have always been a fan of the RWDaily features that highlight the creative signs and costumes at the major races and thought that it was about time that they were all in one handy place to enjoy. If you have any pictures in your private collections that you would like to share, email them to me at JoggingJeans [@] gmail [.] com.

Yeah, I do have a real job and a life. No, I don’t have time to maintain all these sites. Whatev.

On to today’s post. When I was looking for costume pictures online, I stumbled upon these three pictures that involve jean-wearing runners.

The first is a picture of two super-cuties running Denver’s Scream Scram 5K:

These dudes (dressed at country hicks?) ran the Vancouver Sun Run:

And, finally, these patriotic women ran the Carmel, Indiana CarmelFest Freedom Run in matching overalls:

Chick blogger love

My real life could use a little more of something: girl friends who are sweet and kind and genuinely care about other people. The world has far too many self-centered, insecure, miserable, negativity-spewing, drama-craving, giving me the stink-eye-at-the-gym-for-no-reason kind of girls.

Through this blog, I’ve “met” a ton of women that I wish I could uproot and move to my neighborhood so we could be real friends. ‘Cause these girls aren’t your run-of-the-mill nice girls but genuine sweethearts. Thanks, Girls, for writing and inspiring me to be a better person. Here is the list (if I forgot anyone, I’ll add you to the list when I remember):

Awesome Chick Blog Roll

Another on this list is, Hemarie, I Sweat Pretty blogger. She may be the sweetest of all and is especially awesome because she is always looking for jean-wearing joggers during her races and is genuinely disappointed when she comes up empty. Times are changing! She sent me the following pictures were taken during the Corporate 5K on April 12, 2012 in Orlando, FL.

We have our first jorts and jogging stroller picture:

And this guy stretching mid-run:

You can read her spectator post about the race here. Thanks, Hemarie!

I have levels of love for others. Dan is in the highest echelon.

I have much love for the viewers of my blog that visit sporadically.

If you 1) visit regularly, 2) are an email follower, and/or 3) leave comments, my love for you is doubled.

If you think of me when you see people jogging or exercising in jeans, you get triple love from me.

You instantly reach a super-high level and get quadruple love if you send me a picture of someone running or exercising in jeans.

If you tell me you are “infatuated” with JoggingJeans.com and decide to run a marathon IN JEANS because of it and then afterwards you provide me with all the details and send me pictures, then your name is Dan and you reached the highest echelon of my love. That is love multiplied times a bazillion for those of you who are keeping track.

Dan…oh Dan. Where do I begin talking about Dan? He starts his first email to me by saying, “Saw this guy at the Ocean Drive Marathon in New Jersey this weekend…Oh wait, I was this guy!!!”

And then there were these pictures of his GORGEOUS self:

Ladies, don’t look too long. He is mine. Well, as “mine” as he can possibly be given that I am happily married and he is (seemingly) happily married (yeah, I cyber-stalked him…shhh). I don’t care. Okay, you looked at him long enough. Step off.

The three fingers are because this was the third marathon that Dan and his buddy ran in their quest to run 12 marathons in 12 months in 2012. Who does that?! Awesome people like Dan, that’s who. Of course, I then asked him for details about the race. His response was priceless, and I read it more times than I will admit because it makes me so happy. I couldn’t bear to edit one word of it, so here it is in its entirety:

As you’ll see, I wore the jeans, but I went for a whole look too. I’ve been growing the mustache the whole month just to add to the look!

Before the marathon, I had sooooo many people give me the “head to toe” look, and then a quick look-away, but no one said a word to me about the jeans, and we were all in a hotel lobby, in tight quarters, keeping out of the cold. Not sure if people were afraid of my crazy look or if they couldn’t believe that I was going to wear them for the race. 
 
Then when we started, as I was passing people, a dozen times I heard them saying, “Is that guy really wearing jeans?” My buddy who I am running with would yell out, “Yes, he’s nuts.” 
 
It was a very small marathon, so not many spectators. But the few who were out in small groups, would be clapping, then I would start coming by and a hush would fall over them, because they’d be looking at me and pointing me out. It was hilarious. By the end though, people started yelling out to me, “Go jeans guy!”  And a guy said he saw me at the beginning, and was waiting to see if I made it all the way with the jeans on. I better had, I purposely didn’t wear running shorts underneath so I wasn’t tempted to take them off, no matter what happened. One older woman yelled out, “Wow, Dungarees!” I think that was my favorite, so old school!
 
A couple runners asked about chafing issues on the run, but luckily, I was chafe-free!!!  The miracles of denim!  As I went through the corral at the end of the race, the smiles on people’s faces made it totally worth it, they loved it. One spectator ran up to me and said, “No way you ran that whole thing in jeans.”  
 
Aside from the jeans, it was a pretty forgettable marathon, temperature was cold and there was a brutal wind dead into our face the whole time. However, it will forever be one of my most memorable, all because of you and the jeans!  Thanks!
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The bottom line is that I love Dan more than I love you. He grew a mustache and ran IN JEANS, a camo shirt, and a belt with a freakin’ kick-ass belt buckle for ME! So step off. Seriously.
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ALL $1000 was raised!! [hugs to all] We WILL be seeing Josher run the Salt Lake City Marathon in head-to-toe denim!!
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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
Amy Ambler, Salt Lake City, UT
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.
And if you would still like to donate, please do so 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.

www.SeanHutchinson.com

Tough shit if you are sick of Sean Hutchinson. As long as he continues to run races IN JEANS, his pictures will fill this blog. The latest pictures come from the Deloitte Pretoria Marathon in South Africa this past weekend. After four posts, he just won himself his own category on JoggingJeans.com.

And for the person whose running clothing caused Sean to stop and take a photo:

Yep, those are camos and boots!

Love me and I will love you right back even more

BekiLynne‘s Twitter tagline is spot on. She REALLY is as awesome as she claims. BekiLynne, you should add “adorable” and “owner of cute shirts” to your description.

You know why she is the most awesome girl I know? Because she sent me the following picture from the Customer Appreciation Week fun run at Playmakers in Lansing, MI held this past Monday AND shared her love of JoggingJeans.com on Twitter.

Thanks for the love!

4 months, 123 pictures, and 20,000 views!

JoggingJeans.com was started just over four months ago as a JOKE – a joke between me and my dear husband. Today, the same week of the four month anniversary, JoggingJeans.com received its 20,000th view. 20,000 times someone has wanted look at pictures of people jogging and exercising…IN JEANS!

I have something to say to all of you:  I love you and I thank you. I love you because it is heart-warming that you enjoy the ridiculous of it all along with me. I also thank you because you do the heavy work – you are taking the photos and sending them to me. Your pictures, comments, and emails bring joy to my life. [Hugs.]

To recap the past four months, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite pictures that you have sent and my favorite posts:

THE greatest jogging in jeans “footage” in existence.

JoggingJeans ♥ Sean Hutchinson

He did WHAT in jeans?

No need to stage an intervention YET.

A jort-themed 5K! A jort-themed 5K!

A runner IN JEANS and IN HEELS!

Bravest submission to date

JoggingJeans.com and LifeIsSavage.com sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G…

“But, Officer, we always jog in jeans with construction materials in our arms.”

Race number, check. Running shoes, check. Purple sparkly leotard, check. Jeans, check.

Running in a denim jacket ← a favorite only because of the BEAUTIFUL man in the photo. Hubba-hubba.

Chuck Norris kicks ass IN JEANS

And since everyone asks, here is the description of the moment that the idea for JoggingJeans.com came into existence:

My husband and I were waiting for the start of a Pittsburgh 5K that started on the Clemente bridge (I think it was the Pittsburgh Charities 5K Home Run). There was a guy in front of us, stretching and looking as if he was preparing to run IN JEANS. We said to each other, “What the heck!?” and “He HAS to be here just waiting for the start of a race with a ‘real’ runner, right?” When they guy turned around and we saw the race number pinned to his shirt, we started laughing. I said, “I wish I had a camera.” My husband said, “That would be a good idea for a website – people could send in pictures of people running in jeans.” A few months later, I pulled some pictures off the web and started it just a joke between the two of us. The next thing I know people were submitting photos, Runner’s World was linking to it, and here we are 20,000+ views later.

So to the man, in jeans, stretching and preparing to run the beautiful North Shore of Pittsburgh on that April morning, this blog came about all because of you! [Hug.]

No need to stage an intervention YET.

I still stand firm in my stance that I am not obsessed with Sean Hutchinson. Two posts (JoggingJeans ♥ Sean Hutchinson and He did WHAT in jeans?) and sneaking into his apartment ONE TIME to take pictures of his jean-running gear doesn’t make me obsessed or a stalker. Come see me when I’m writing my 100th post about him or sneaking into his apartment on a regular basis. Only then can you all stage an intervention for me. Make sure someone brings cupcakes.

So post #3 has pictures of Sean sporting jeans again for the Kloof Nek Classic in Cape Town, South Africa last weekend.

What, we aren’t AP photogs?

Most blogs are crap. You know this, I know this. So when you come across a brilliant one, ya just gotta share, right? That’s what friends do for each other.

The blog Not the AP… is an outlet for us to “…become the paparazzi of the common man…to shed a necessary light on the frauds that walk among us.” I tried for several minutes to describe exactly what is going on there and can’t do it justice. So just click through a few of their posts and appreciate the pure genius of it all.

So why am I pimping some site out of the seemingly clear blue sky? Because of this post:

Not gym clothes…

Who are you, Fellow Bloggers at Not the AP…? Can we be friends? The recent lapse in your posts hurts my heart – please start posting again!

UPDATE: Not the AP… is back! Yay! Let’s get my new friend some pictures!

UPDATE #2: The site has been taken down permanently. :(

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