Denim for a Cure UPDATE

It has been awhile since we’ve talked about Josher and Denim for a Cure. You remember them, don’t you? After Josher’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, he began a campaign to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute through Huntsman Hometown Heros. After JoggingJeans.com readers were kick-ass with their generosity and donated a whopping $1000 in UNDER A WEEK (!), Josher ran the Salt Lake City Half Marathon in April in head-to-toe denim.

[group hug]

I’m happy to report that his mom is doing well – she finished her radiation therapy last month, and she’s really looking forward to moving onto the holidays feeling healthy. She is grateful for all the thoughts and prayers she’s gotten from complete strangers.

[another group hug where I hang on and squeeze a bit too long and make you all uncomfortable]

The great part is that Josher is still at it. Here he is running the St. George Marathon. I’ve officially designated him as the captain of Team Jorts:

As always, you can still donate to this great cause. My offer still stands to love you forever if you do.

YOUR chance to run in jeans

You have the deep down secret that you want to run in jeans, right? Admit it.

Now is your chance. Josher is a breast cancer fund-raising rockstar and has all kinds of plans after running the Salt Lake City Marathon this past weekend IN JEANS and a jean jacket.

First up: he wants to extend jean-wearing jogging to all of you through a virtual 5K.

And if you want to “explain” your jean-wearing running with a Denim for a Cure t-shirt, you can get one here.

Psst: If you are boycotting Komen this year, here is your chance to give to breast cancer research another way. If you plan on running Koman this year, I vote that you do it IN JEANS! Do it.

Josher, IN JEANS and a denim vest, playing the part of rockstar

It seems like just yesterday when I introduced you all to Josher. This past weekend was the Salt Lake City Half Marathon that he ran IN JEANS and A DENIM VEST thanks to the generous donations from YOU. Once again, I hope you enjoy his recap as much as I did.

My Day Spent Running ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’

Josher Hansen

“Why are you running in long pants?”

No, that wasn’t my subconscious challenging me out of my race in denim. That was about every other runner who took the time to scan my attire as they passed me by. Not to mention the number of spectators, volunteers, and police officers that realized what I was wearing.

I figured I would get many of those comments during the race. That’s why people do crazy things…like running a half marathon in FULL-DENIM. The attention to ‘Denim for a Cure’ in its efforts to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute through Huntsman Hometown Heros is invaluable. Plus, cancer sucks and the faster we find a cure the better society will be off in the long run.

Like my 10K race in blue jeans last month I decided to take some notes of my experience running the Salt Lake City Half Marathon in not just blue jeans, but FULL-DENIM! It was quite an experience (and challenge).

Enjoy.

4:46am – My alarm sounds. I lay in bed trying to remember why I am getting up this early. (This happens before every race that starts before 9am.)

4:52am – I put on my “running” gear. Compression shorts, socks, pants, denim vest, pink bandana and pink shoes.

4:53am – I realize I forgot to apply my anti-chaffing cream so have to painstakingly remove my shoes and pants to properly lather myself up. I am not chaffing today!

4:54am – The pants and shoes go back on and I am…FINALLY…dressed.

5:02am – [Go into my brother’s room to wake him up and the following conversation ensues]

Me: Free (His middle name is Freedom), it’s time to wake up! It’s a little past 5 now.

Brother: Why are we getting up this early?!

Me: To run!

Brother: Exactly.

5:10am – I prepare my breakfast of champions of oatmeal, a banana and Red Bull while Free stumbles together a concoction of Raisin Bran, Captain n’ Crunch and I think…Fiber One?! I question his selection, he just tells me to shut up. I can’t blame him, it is 5am.

5:18am – I creep into my Mom’s room. Noticing she is still sound asleep I just silently whisper a ‘goodbye’ and ‘I love you.’

5:24am – Free and I hop in the car and head for Downtown Salt Lake.

5:26am – We turn around after I notice that I left my phone on the kitchen counter.

5:28am – Free and I hop in the car and head for Downtown Salt Lake.

5:53am – We meet up with a friend who is running with me and take the train up to the starting line near the University of Utah Hospital.

6:45am – It’s decided we need to use the restrooms along with thousands of other runners.

6:52am – Still waiting for an open Honey Bucket.

6:55am – I start contemplating who’s idea it was to name a port-a-potty ‘Honey Bucket.’ No matter what you call it, it’s still going to smell like…

6:58am – Two minutes to gun time. Still waiting.

7:00am – Gun goes off and the race begins…still waiting for a Honey Bucket.

7:01am – Still waiting.

7:02am – Still waiting.

7:03am – Still waiting.

7:04am – Still waiting.

7:05am – Success!

7:08am – A quick stretch and we’re off! We might be pushing up the rear, but at least we’re not weaving through countless other runners. I might try this again?!

7:12am – My first comment from a runner comes as I chat with my friend.

7:17am – My friend Joe, who’s Mom is battling her own battle with breast cancer is on the side of the road (in full-denim mind you) yelling at me, “GO DENIM MAN! GO!” This made my day. He wasn’t even done.

7:23am – I quickly tire answering the question, “Are you seriously running in long pants?” All I can think is, “Well, I’m here running next to you in the race wearing long pants. What do you think?”

7:38am – Three miles into my run and I notice that I probably started my race a bit too fast. The legs are yelling at me.

7:46am – I hear someone singing “Rock it like a Hurricane” a couple runners behind me. I throw ‘em the horns.

7:47am – I start singing “Rock it like a Hurricane”…this is the curse of not running with an iPod.

8:04am – I get to Sugarhouse Park and I hear the following conversation between two women happening somewhere behind me.

Woman #1: Oh, my gosh! He’s an idiot! He’s running in long pants!

Woman #2: He’s going to die! There’s no way I could do that!

Woman #1: I’d be burning up by now.

Woman #2: But, that’d be a great way to lose weight, kind of like how wrestlers run in garbage bags.

Woman #1: Maybe I should start running in long pants!

[BOTH LAUGH]

8:16am – In my attempt to get ‘Rock it like a Hurricane’ out of my head. I start singing Forever in Blue Jeans.

8:32am – I run into my friend Joe again as he yells to the top of lungs for “DENIM MAN!” I stop to get my picture with him.

8:38am – Just minutes after rendezvousing up with Joe, I meet a 77 year old woman running the half marathon. Her name is Elfie, she’s from Germany and claims to never have trained for a race in her life, she just walks fast everywhere. I’m marveled at her persistence and also question her definition of “running” and “walking fast.”

9:16am – I reach ‘Mile 9’ with my legs completely exhausted and take a break at the aid station with Gatorade and Clif Bars. I’m a bit anxious and worried that I might be overheating a bit. Temperatures are starting to reach 60-65 degrees.

9:21am – I get rejuvenating at one of the picture points when the two photographers react to my appearance like I am a rock star. I oblige by showing off my ‘Denim for a Cure’ shirt, a huge smile and…again…throw them the horns.

9:33am – As I cross an intersection I hear one cop observe to another officer, “Oh brother, that’s the wrong kind of running gear.”

9:42am – I turn onto State Street and start my climb towards downtown.

9:47am – I pass the Downtown Sears store where there’s usually a taco stand. It must too early for them, which is too bad, because I could really use a Horchata right about now.

9:52am – I pass Elfie and am relieved that I will finish before her.

9:57am – I take my last turn and head towards the finish line. As I pass the new City Creek Center and Temple Square I get out my phone and call my Mom. Tired and exhausted; I breathlessly tell her we are crossing the finish line together.

10:00am – That crazy guy on his phone who ran in denim crosses the finish line as my brother and friends cheer my accomplishment.

10:01am – I tell my Mom this race is more for her than anything, because I never would have tried something this crazy if she didn’t mean so much to me. I tell her I love her and hang up.

10:06am – I stumble around the finish line taking all the free offerings of  ice cream, Red Bulls, and water.

10:09am – I get my photo taken with my finisher’s medal in my denim. The photographer can’t believe I ran all 13.1 miles in denim. I take a moment and can’t believe it either. All I can do is smile and thank God for the experience.

Our Dan, he did it again! But other things first.

Take a breath, Ladies. We’ll get to Dan in a minute. As important as it is that we are good “We Love Dan” Fan Club members, there are two thing happening on the Denim for a Cure front today that take priority.
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1. Josher is continuing to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute through Huntsman Hometown Heros. Today is the day to pack a lunch and donate the $5 that you would have spent on lunch to help fight cancer. Please join me by donating here.

2. Today his mom is also having her mastectomy. Please keep his mom and every cancer survivor, fighter, and victim in your thoughts and prayers today.

A big big BIG thanks to the following JoggingJeans.com readers who already contributed to 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!
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And now to Dan. He is working hard to not disappoint his new fan club.

On Saturday, as part of his quest to run 12 marathons in 12 months in 2012, he ran the Charlottesville Marathon. Once again, he ran IN JEANS! As promised, I stole pictures and text from his website.

Oh, yeah, and like the last marathon, I wore jeans again! After the love I received from http://www.joggingjeans.com, my new favorite website, there was no way I wasn’t going to race in denim again! My outfit was a bit different this time as you can see, I sported the jeans clam-diggers. I guess you could call them jorts. I heard a few people on course comment, “are those jorts?” Oh yeah, pretty sweet.

Ok, so Craig took this perfect picture for me. The guy in the background is wearing pants, not jeans, but not what most people would run a marathon in. And on top, he has a collared shirt on! 

My questions for Dan:

1. Where in the heck did you find knee length jeans?

2. How did you get to be so awesome?

Denim for a Cure Update + Giveaway!

1. $1000 was raised in under one week so Josher will be running the Salt Lake City Half Marathon on April 21, 2012 in head-to-toe denim. You, people who don’t know Josher, his mom, or me, overwhelmed us with your generosity and kindness. A special thanks to the JoggingJeans.com viewers that supported 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
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2. Josher’s running outfit is coming together nicely. But we still need ideas from you for MORE DENIM.
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3. Josher isn’t stopping at $1000. He wants to continue to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute through Huntsman Hometown Heros. On Monday, April 9th he is encouraging everyone to pack a lunch and donate the $5 that you would have spent on lunch to help fight cancer. He chose April 9th because that is the day his mom will have her mastectomy. We ask that, as you donate your lunch money, you keep his mom and every cancer survivor, fighter, and victim in your thoughts and prayers that day.
I’ll be donating. Please join me by donating here.
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4. Finally, SockGuy.com has generously donated the Granola Wool running sock for Josher to wear during the race (see pic above). Notice the denim-look stripe. Josher’s first choice was the Denim Wool style but they did not have his size available..

SockGuy.com then sent several pairs of the Denim Wool version to me. Fortunately, the too-small-for-Josher-size fit me perfectly! I wore them to the gym this morning and LOVE THEM (notice caps, bold, AND underline). The were soft, comfortable, breathable, and supportive without squeezing the life out of my foot – an overall quality pair of socks. And as much as I would like to keep all three pairs for myself, I’m going to give two of them away. This is a running/cycling sock in size “S/M” (men 5-9, women 6-10, euro 37-42). They are made of 75% Isolwool, 15% nylon, 10% Spandex.
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In order to qualify, answer the following question by leaving a comment (one per person, please):
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Would you ever run a race in jeans?
  a) Yes. I already did.
  b) Yes. I would love to try it and am just looking for the opportunity.
  c) Maybe, given the right circumstances.
  d) Hell no, I’m not a lunatic.
  e) Or some other answer: _________________________________
        (your fill-in-the-blank answer counts as a double entry if written in haiku)
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I will assign each comment a number (or two for you haiku-writers) and use Random.org to choose two numbers on Monday morning. Winners will be notified via email.
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And you should totally check out the ADORABLE SockGuy.com socks. If you want to buy me a present (ahem, Husband), they are all cute and I’d be happy with any of them but especially these ones (click pic to take you to the page on SockGuy.com):

The truth about Josher (the guy who wrote the jean-wearing race recap)

I have to admit that I had an ulterior motive in having Josher write a jean-wearing race recap. I wanted you to meet him and love him before I ask something HUGE of you. The huge thing? I need four and a half minutes of your time. I’m asking you to take a few minutes to REALLY meet the guy who posted his jean-wearing recap yesterday.

Meet Josher. He has done some pretty amazing things in his life. For example, he did a little something called losing half his body weight through running!

As a favor to me, I’m asking you to pause and watch a few minutes of this video.

Amazing, right?

Unfortunately, his mom has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and he just began a campaign to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute through Huntsman Hometown Heros. His campaign?

That is right. If Josher raises $1000, he will run the Salt Lake City Half Marathon on April 21, 2012 in full denim. FULL DENIM. Do you know what this means? Jeans, probably a jean jacket, a denim shirt maybe. If anyone can think of other denim-clothing item ideas that he can wear, leave a comment and we’ll see what we can do about getting them for him. Hey, Laura of Crafting Joy, any ideas? Josher would LOVE to be a recipient of a denim creation. :)

To summarize, here is why you should give up a day or two or three of your coffee money:

1. Cancer sucks. And we NEED a cure. If breast cancer hasn’t touched you or someone close to you yet, it is only a matter of time.

2. A couple of bucks to Huntsman Cancer Institute matters. Your $10 and the other person’s $5 and another person’s $20 really will make a difference.

3. Josher will run the Salt Lake City FULL DENIM if his goal is reached. Do you know what kind of joy he will bring us by doing that? He is allowing us, JoggingJeans.com viewers, to define “full denim.” Leave a comment with your denim running ideas.

4. BONUS: An email to me telling me that you donated will get your name or link to your blog on the bottom of every JoggingJeans.com post from now until the race.

So please consider throwing a few dollars to this great cause. Isn’t it about time that JoggingJeans.com does something bigger than just humiliating people by posting pictures of them jogging in jeans?  You’ll be doing something good and, as a bonus, we will all get to view pictures of a guy running a HALF MARATHON in full denim. FULL DENIM!!

Click here, donate now. I’ll love you forever if you do.

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