Danny Denim IN PITTSBURGH for the Great Race!

The JoggingJeans.com legend, Danny Denim, came to Pittsburgh this weekend to run the Great Race. He didn’t disappoint with his triple denim duds and had a “jorts PR” at the 5K with a time of 18:33 (2nd in age group).

DannyDenimGreat things about this morning’s Great Race:

1. Meeting Dan

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2. Watching the faces of people looking at Dan while I was talking with him post-race. Their faces either said, “What the hell?” or “How awesome is that outfit?” All I can say is that watching their reactions was a whole lot of fun.

3. And I know this next picture has nothing to do with jogging in jeans, but these two little girls with their heads buried in books made me smile. Parents of these two, you get an A+.

ReadingAnd for those following along and wondering, I did not run. FU plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can ruin some good-ass plans

Pittsburgh’s Great Race is three weeks away. Despite the crowds (and I mean LOADS of runners for a 10K), I love this race. The 10K takes you though the streets of Squirrel Hill, Oakland, Updown, and Downtown Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The spectators are great; all the colleges you pass (CMU, Pitt, Carlow, Robert Morris, who did I miss?) have cheerleaders, musicians, and students lining the streets. Plus, because the 5K was my first ever race (just 5 years ago), it has a special little cubbie hole in my heart. The fact that the finish line is IN MY BACKYARD only sweetens the deal.

For this year’s race, I had this whole idea to create a Team Jorts. I was going to put it out there if I could get 10 of you to run in denim, I too would run for the first time in jorts. Really, I had plans to collect the post-race sweat of the 10 people that agreed to do this so that I could have their awesomeness to carry around with me wherever I go.

However, plantar fasciitis has kept me from running since the day of my first half marathon in May. [My recap was kick-ass so go read it (again)].

If you have never experienced this horrible horrible ailment, I have three words for you: IT SUCKS. BAD.

It basically feels like someone is sticking an ice pick in your foot every time you bear weight. For months now, you could find me eating ibuprofen like Skittles, icing my heal, stretching, and cursing at regular intervals…all until two weeks ago when I got a shot of cortisone. Halleluiah. Thank God for ginormous needles filled with powerful anti-inflammatories. My heel feels SO MUCH better.

If I continue along this path of feeling good, and I am dedicated to resting and letting it heal in the next few weeks, I may still consider running the Great Race. But, obviously, I will be doing it pretty much untrained. And I won’t be in jorts. I decided that if I’m going to run in jorts, I need to be at my best. If people are going to point and laugh at me, I at least want to be kicking asphalt dust into their faces as I whiz by them. Next year, People. Next year is the year that Team Jorts rocks Pittsburgh.

However, there is some good news: one of my favorite jean-joggers is coming to Pittsburgh to run the race. I’m hoping we can see each other for at least a ‘hey.’

DannyDonutHere he is as Danny Donut (going double-denim with jorts and jean vest) at the finish line of the Piqua Heritage Festival 5K last weekend. The donut in his mouth is because he was practicing for next weekend’s Celina Donut Dash. And the containers under his arm? He needs a way to carry his donuts, doesn’t he? BTW, he PR’ed for his fastest mile while carrying a dozen donuts (6:10). Wonder if that is Guinness worthy?

Anyone else have Pittsburgh’s Great Race on your race schedule this year?

And save those old jeans to cut into jorts for next year’s race. You are all invited to be a member of Team Jorts in 2014!

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.

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.

#TeamJorts

I stumbled upon the hashtag “TeamJorts” on Twitter. I have no idea what it is about, but some of the pictures associated with the Tweets are hysterical (lol funny, right?). I do know that I LOVE it. I love it so much, I’m stealing it. Team Jorts Member #1:

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