Races that MUST be on your calendars + More

There are three upcoming races that you MUST know about:

  1. My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE group of denim runners are again heading to the Kelly St. Patrick’s Shamrock 5K this year with the team name of “Suns Out Jorts Out.” If you are in the Baltimore area on March 16th, head to the race, look for the group of people wearing jorts with smiles on their faces and beer in their hands.
  2. JHMMy new friends over at Wingate University are doing it again! The 2014 Wingate Jorts Mile will be held on the Wingate campus (North Carolina) on March 23rd. The pictures from last year’s inaugural race were AMAZING and even led to my How to Guide for Running a Denim-Themed Race.
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  3. And, finally, Trish (@runfreetrl) shared with me a race going on in her town of Canton, MI on June 14th, the Canton Liberty Run. The theme this year is “Stars, Stripes, and Jorts.” Here is the good part:

JortsI want pictures, lots and lots of pictures.

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The “+ More” = My Absence

What’s up, Friends? I am sorry that I have been slacking in my posts. I have a good excuse though: I quit a job that was sucking the life out of me. An entire department of smart, educated professionals were micromanaged, treated unfairly, and bullied (strong word, I know, but it is appropriate). I only had the job for 8 months and knew it was time to go. I was fortunate to find another job right way – a FANTASTIC job with wonderful people where we are all valued and respected.

The stress associated with the change has taken a toll on me and this website was the thing that I had to temporarily let go. But all is good again in Jill-World. Thanks to all of you that reached out to see if I was okay. [hug]

Santa running IN JORTS

SantaJortsWishing all of you a blessed and happy holiday!

“Jorts” added to the Oxford English Dictionary

To all you “Words with Friends” players that sent me screen shots of your rejected “jorts” word in the past, fret no more!

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It has been announced that “Jortshas been added to the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Yay for us here at JoggingJeans.com!

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…and we have time for one last caller.

Good afternoon, Caller. Do you have a question for me, the All-Knowing Running Expert?

Question Asker: I am an awesome runner but I want to take it to another level and be more awesome. What can I do?

Me: Consider running a half marathon in full length jeans and Chuck Taylors.

Question Asker: Um…I don’t know. It seems like that would slow me down.

Me: Wrong. A guy at the Alpine Classic Half on May 25th did it and his awesomeness level is off the charts. The power of denim helped him rock a second place overall finish.

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And if you, Dear Readers, question my running credentials, Runner’s World’s Mark Remy says that you CAN run in Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars. See for yourself.

BONUS: Josh was also representin’ at the Alpine Half in jorts:

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Ask the All-Knowing Running Expert (me)

People should come to me for running advice.

Question Asker: Jill, I haven’t set a new PR in awhile. Any advice for me?

Ask-the-expertMe: Try running in jorts.

Question Asker: Huh?

Me: Do it.

Question Asker: But…

Me: Shut up.

Next!

Question Asker: Jill, I’d love a first place finisher’s medal at my upcoming race. What can I do?

Me: Wear jorts at the race.

Question Asker: That doesn’t make any sense.

Me: Shut up.

I’d then tell them both that there is evidence already that there is REAL running power in denim.

And if they still don’t believe me then I’ll say, “The following things happened JUST YESTERDAY, Bitches!!”:

[From our latest love, Brett, after his Chicago race]

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Anyone else think, “Why are his jorts on backwards?”

[And our love, Mike, Jorts House Mafia member, again in his green jorts]

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His FB comment, “Powered by Jorts”

How long is it going to take for you to learn, My Friends? Wear jorts. Run your heart out. Reap the rewards. (Don’t forget the most important part: take pictures and send them to me). Do it.

My favorite Baltimoreans (aka Jorts House Mafia) again!

If I ever travel to Baltimore, I am MOST CERTAINLY going to time my visit around a race being run by my favorite denim-wearing Baltimorean runners: aka Jort House Mafia. They’ve brought joy to me and JoggingJeans.com viewers multiple times in the past:

There were green jorts and denim skirt overalls (!) along with drinking at the KELLY St. Patrick’s Shamrock 5K.

There were jorts and drinking at the Patterson Park Public Charter School: No Pain No Spain 5K.

There were jorts and NAKEDNESS (and I’m assuming drinking) at the the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K.

While on vacation, I was alerted that they ran the Baltimore Color Run IN JORTS!

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That heart Mike is flashing in picture #1? It is for me. So step off, Ladies. Seriously.

The best dressed runner at the 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon 5K

I’ve said it before: the best part of having this website is the awesome people that I have met through it. This weekend, I got to meet IN PERSON three people I’ve previously only known online.

Running Haiku‘s Charla came all the way from Seattle. Stride and Joy‘s Tracey and her husband, Andrew, are in from Boston.

They are in town for the Pittsburgh Marathon!

While we are all registered for the half marathon tomorrow, Andrew was also registered for this morning’s 5K. We had plans to meet near the start line. And guess what?

ANDREW SHOWS UP FOR THE RACE IN JORTS!! How great is that? Besides being super-impressed with Pittsburgh and telling me how much you love it, this is next in line for the best way to make me happy.

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Look at that form!

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Supporting his hometown in his Boston Marathon shirt.

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Post-race looking like he didn’t even run!

He had a great run with no reports of chafing. I am officially his biggest fan.

After today’s 5K, Andrew is now a “Runner of Steel.” Charla, Tracey, and I will hopefully earn our titles tomorrow. Send prayers and good vibes our way.

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If only more people would say this!

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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.

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