“There is much to learn from a person who runs in jeans.”

A comment left on my site yesterday by Odeus:

“Running or jogging jeans is all about transcending all the normal BS materials and rituals people think they need in order to run well.  It’s about being someone who will run whenever and wherever the moment strikes.  There is much to learn from a person who runs in jeans.”

Odeus, you are a wise wise man.

JeansRun(And a thanks to Jeff for today’s picture)

JoggingJeans.com: Welcome to the Jarty

The three little words I LOVE to hear?

“You were right.”

You should listen to me more, People. One, because I AM right a lot. And, two, because I like to hear those words.

I told you that you should all do your mud runs in denim. Turns out, it is so much fun that a new word has been invented.

WDWarriorDashHaving someone lift your leg while wearing short jorts is a bit dangerous, dontcha think?

Jeans EVERYWHERE at the London Marathon

All you running apparel snobs better hang onto your overpriced visors. The running-in-denim craze is sweeping the WORLD! London Marathon. April 21, 2013. Count ‘em: 1, 2, 3 people in jeans. At least three. There were probably more. A LOT more.

1. Danny Price, the brother of English celeb Katy Price, ran the full marathon IN JEANS in support of Jeans for Genes. I wrote about him and the charity here after he donned denim for the Brighton Half Marathon.

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2. This dude rockin’ jeans and a leather jacket. He’s obviously not racing for speed, but he’s won my heart.

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3. And this thing. Am I supposed to know what it is? Who cares. Just love it because it supports running in jeans.

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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.

They missed out on finish line hugs!

People! Remember my brilliant idea for a denim race?!

It happened. It was called the Inaugural Wingate Jorts Mile. It took place last Saturday at Wingate University. It looks like the most incredible event. Didn’t I TELL YOU that it was a good idea? Here is the pictorial evidence of my idea’s brilliance:

The SIGN! The SIGN! Made out of pairs of jeans! L.O.V.E.

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And race photos that you will love only a fraction of the amount that I love them.

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The only thing that would have made this race better? Me at the finish line hugging people as they crossed.

Who are you, People Behind This Race? We are of like minds and NEED to be friends.

Our answer to the running-in-denim chafing problem?

Wrangler Launches First Pair Of Moisturizing Jeans

WRANGLER will launch the first pair of moisturizing jeans…the pioneering skinny-fit style incorporates high-performance skincare ingredients to protect your legs from the dehydrating effects of denim.

The Denim Spa jeans come in three finishes – Aloe Vera, Olive Extract and Smooth Legs, which aims to prevent cellulite. Hydrating properties include of natural oils and butters, such as apricot kernel oil, passion fruit oil, rosehip oil, shea butter and monoi de Tahiti – a Polynesian ingredient made using Tiare flower buds soaked in refined coconut oil.

“They definitely feel cooler than regular jeans,” said Lizzie Jagger in a film to promote the style. “After a day wearing them, my legs feel great – they come out feeling more silky than usual.”  (source)

These jeans moisturize, protect from dehydration, prevent cellulite, and cool us down. Sounds like dream apparel for any runner, not just the denim-wearing kind.

The most awesome/ridiculous denim-running pictures we’ve seen so far

Happy New Year!! My 12 days off work, 12 days of unrestrained junk-food eating, ten days without mascara, four full days completely unplugged, six days with <20 minutes of internet/phone, and hours of relaxing and working out were WONDERFUL. But, I’m glad to be back – I’ve missed all of you.

I thought that a good way to start off 2013 would be to share with you some of the most awesome/ridiculous (depending on your camp) denim-running pictures we’ve seen so far here at JoggingJeans.com:

I look forward to what 2013 will bring!

Jorts House Mafia

Remember Team What Would Jorts Do (WWJD)? No?

Remember the guy who stripped to his underwear in the midst of his jort-wearing runner friends? Yeah, I thought so.

[If you missed it, or just want to see a picture of a hot guy in his underwear, you can read the post here.]

Well, two of the guys of Team WWJD* ran with the new and improved team name of Jorts House Mafia. The race was the Patterson Park Public Charter School: No Pain No Spain 5K and Fun Run on December 1st.JHMAction

From Mike’s email sent right after the race: “We obviously won the the team competition, and if everyone plays by our rules, we subtract one minute per beer we drink afterwards. So we ran a 18 minute 5k right now… And it’s only 11:26 am.”

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And the BEST NEWS from Team Jorts House Mafia: they are organizing a denim-clad event as part of Baltimore’s Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K on March 10th. **

From their event page on Facebook:

Join the team; wear Jorts/Jeans/Jean cut offs/Jean 3/4 Pants/ Amish Jean Skirts, whatever you feel comfortable in to walk/run.

If you don’t, you can still join, but you’ll be the weird one in the picture. [***]

Registration is via active.com. Put “Jorts House Mafia” as your team. 

If you are from the Baltimore area and want to run, go here and register. Even though the Facebook event is labeled as “invitation-only,” I have a feeling this group of very awesome, very fun, dedicated-to-making-Jill-very-happy group would welcome other denim-wearing runners with open, inebriated arms.

* These are boyfriends #8 and 10 if you are keeping track.

** For the record, this is the SECOND JoggingJeans.com inspired run. The posts about the first one are here and here.

*** I think the people that don’t wear denim should have to strip to their underwear for the photo.

Have you SEEN the thighs of hockey players?! Can they even fit in jeans?

If you tell me that you love JoggingJeans.com, that you like Pittsburgh, and also make a joke about bored NHL players, the picture you send will get bumped to the front of the queue. Just FYI.

I love your blog!  I’m a vet student, which can be PRETTY stressful, so I always need something to laugh at!  I’d been dying to try jogging in jeans, and got my chance when we got a little bit lost on a a walk with the dogs and ended up on a road instead of the trail.  Oops.  I ran ahead, single-handedly determined that we were going in the wrong direction, and I attribute that to jogging in jeans.  Thank you.  Also, I like your city.

Keep up the good work!
 
Andrea
 
P.S.  Any pictures of bored hockey players playing in jeans?
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Andrea
The picture was taken at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge in Starkville, Mississippi. I NEED to go there – it looks beautiful. Thanks, Andrea!

Don’t hate me because I’m… from Pittsburgh

I received my first bit of hate from a JoggingJeans.com visitor last month. The comment was nasty for no reason except to be mean.* But one part of it made a reference to me being from Pittsburgh and I got to thinking about something @BrianBWatkins shared with me once that I did not know having lived in Pennsylvania my whole life:

I am from Dallas, therefore since birth it has been engraved in my consciousness that Pittsburgh (along with Philly, Washington, and New York) are all horrible horrible places. This is 100% a football related sentiment. Mention the terms “Steel Curtain” or “Terry Bradshaw” to anyone over the age of 40 and expect them to blow a f%^&ing gasket. Blame my upbringing. I’m sure “yinz” guys and the city itself is sweet.

Is it true that those of you from other big football cities hate Pittsburgh?

Well, you shouldn’t. Hate the Steelers, hate that the fans in Pittsburgh are a bit obsessive [sorry, Folks, but you are], but PLEASE don’t hate this city. I’m putting my offer out there again: if you have plans to visit here, contact me. I’ll buy you a coffee and show you around my city and knock your socks off by the awesomeness of it all. If you are a runner, better yet, let me show you the city that way. Warning: it will involve an almost mile run up a mountain [McArdle Roadway] with a payoff like no other. NO OTHER. Trust me.

So, the reasons this city is so great are numerous (to name a few ’cause, ya know, I’m me: the landscape, its low cost of living, because we put French fries on EVERYTHING, world-class medical facilities, diverse neighborhoods, abundant recreational amenities…do I need to go on?). While these are all awesome, the real reason is because there are people like John that live here. John ran the Freaky 5K dressed in a 1970′s denim leisure suit:

If you don’t love his wig and headband, then you have serious problems.

And while being from Pittsburgh AND running in denim are reasons enough for me to love you, John gets even more of my love. The reason? The stuffed goat that he is holding.

He ran with the stuffed goat to raise awareness for Haiti H2O Goat Project. He is running the Pittsburgh Marathon in May and is hoping to raise money to purchase 26 goats as part of a livestock exchange program to aid the people in Haiti. What is incredible about this program is that not only do the animals provide immediate nourishment to those in need, the recipients pass on the goat’s offspring to others in the community, thereby supplying food and income far beyond the initial gift. You can read more about it here.

How about doing socially responsible gifting this year instead of just exchanging gift cards? How about making purchases that actually might make a difference in this world? And who doesn’t like gifts that keep on giving?

Please go to John’s fundraising page and consider buying a goat as a gift to help a fellow Pittsburgher do some good. Come on, undo that Pittsburgh Football Hate** you’ve been storing up inside you all these years. ;)

* Thanks to those that saw it before I deleted it and came to my defense or wrote me an email [hugs]. But in all honesty, I thought it was AWESOME. There should be some “badge” you can put in your sidebar after your first particularly vicious comment.

** I totally want credit for coining this phrase.

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