“We Love Dan” Fan Club

[If you are new to the site, read the first post about Dan here]

I guess just repeatedly saying “step off” isn’t going to quell the rising estrogen storm that has been created around JoggingJeans.com’s new favorite jean-wearing jogger, Dan.

Therefore, the “We Love Dan” Fan Club has been created. Here are the rules of the club:

1. I am the president. You are all members. Be happy that I am permitting you to be a member — I seriously considered having a one person-only club.

2. You must attempt to love Dan as much as I do. This is hardly possible, but go ahead and give it a whirl.

3. You must follow him in his quest to run 12 marathons in 12 months in 12 states in 2012. Pictures from each race will be stolen from his website and posted here (see below for marathons 1-12). Based on requests to properly stalk him, his race schedule has been posted below.

4. You must try to convince Dan to run another one of his marathons this year in jeans. Our ultimate club goal is to get him and his friend to both wear them during the same race.

UPDATE: From his website, “But after my jeans outfit inspired by www.joggingjeans.com and all the love I got from my new friend, Jill, my days of running in denim are DEFINITELY NOT OVER!!!”

5. If you happen to be in the city where he is running a particular race and you happen to meet him, you can speak to him and hug him only if you first say, “I couldn’t possibly love you as much as Jill loves you.” And then the hug must not last for more than 3 seconds. No, 2 seconds only.

6. If you happen to get a picture of yourself with him, you can be one of the vice-presidents of the club. However, know that I will cut your face out the photo and put mine in its place before it is posted here.

7. If you ever get to meet his wife, you must buy her a drink and apologize for my behavior on my behalf.

Any other rules that I should consider?

 

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12. December 2nd – Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

11. November 11th – Harrisburg Marathon

10. October 14th – Baltimore Marathon

9. September 30th – Maine Marathon

8. August 26th – Parker’s Marathon

7. July 29th – San Francisco Marathon

6. June 10th – Lake Placid Marathon

5. May 13th – Delaware Marathon

4. April 7th – Charlottesville Marathon

3. March 25th – Ocean Drive Marathon

2. February 18th – Myrtle Beach Marathon

1. January 29th – Miami Marathon

[Dan, you can’t say that you didn’t know what you were getting yourself into because, if you were paying attention, you would know that if you show JoggingJeans.com some love, it comes back right back at ya even more].

If this happened to me…

…it would have made my day! Forget Mega Millions, seeing jean-wearing joggers is my kind of jackpot!

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Even though you all kicked ass and raised the $1000 needed to see Josher run the Salt Lake City Marathon in head-to-toe denim, more is needed for cancer to be cured. You can still donate by clicking here.
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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.

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.

Most insane reason I’ve heard for exercising in jeans

I have no words. Really, none.

Click picture for source. Warning: NSFW.

[UPDATE: From now on, I’m writing “NSFW” on everything that I want you to click. Seriously, you people who rarely click links are clicking the hell out of this one.]

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$805 of $1000 raised! We are so close. Please donate by clicking here. [Warning, clicking the donation link and supporting Denim for a Cure is NSFW]
SockGuy.com has generously donated their Granola Wool running sock for Josher to wear during the race. Notice the denim-look stripe. I couldn’t love them any more than I already do!
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.

First submission from the Netherlands(!)

Nicholas has been added to my “star peeps” list with his two jean-wearing-guys-on-treadmills photos.

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$765 of $1000 raised! Donate by clicking here.
Josher received his Denim for a Cure t-shirt in the mail over the weekend!
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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.

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.

Two pictures from the UK this week!

A big thanks to Sarah, runner and author of the blog The World according to Sog, who snapped the following picture of a guy jogging in jeans during the Stanley Park 10K in Blackpool, UK on March 3, 2012.

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Josher’s mom’s surgery is April 9th. If you are of the praying kind, please say one or two or twenty or a hundred for her.
$735 of $1000 raised!! You OVERWHELM me with your generosity.
Donate to Denim for a Cure by clicking here.
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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
And the others who donated!
(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.
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Jean jogger and “legend”

I’ve been hearing about a guy named Ninjah who is considered a legend in Llandaff, Cardiff. And, you guessed it, he jogs in jeans. @Sioned_Clwyd was able to get his picture and provided a link to an article about this very interesting man.

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$410 of $1000 raised!
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A big big BIG thanks to the following Supporters of 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
And all those who donated!
(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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Tip: You know how we are supposed to surround ourselves with good people in the hopes that we can learn from them and their goodness will rub off on us? Well, you just looked at a list of four individuals that aren’t just good people but are AMAZING people – each has contributed a bit of their hard-earned money to a guy they don’t even know in support of his efforts to honor his mom. Please click the links to their blogs. Get to know them. Your life will be better because of it. And until Mary starts a blog, you’ll just have to take my word for it that she is SUPER amazing. Donate to Denim for a Cure by clicking here.
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Read more about the campaign here. Read more about Josher Hanson, the guy that will be running in head-to-toe denim, here.
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A “fatass” 50K in jorts

Shawn sent me pictures of himself running the 2011 Halloweeny Fatass 50K in Rohrersville, MD on October 29, 2011. Before we get to his pictures, I need to know how in the heck the words “fatass” and “50K” can be in the same race name? What’s next? Cellulite Triathlon? Beer Gut Iron Man?

It was a costume race and Shawn dressed up as the construction worker from the Village People (imagine running with that leather tool belt!).  He wore the jorts despite 30 degree temperatures and a rain and snow weather mix.

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$350 of $1000 raised! So much love from me to you.
To read more about Josher Hanson, the guy that will be running in head-to-toe denim, click here.
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A big big BIG thanks to the following Supporters of Denim for a Cure:
Mary Long, Sellersville, PA
Minka Misangyi, San Antonio, TX. Author of MoreThanRunning
(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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Tip: Drink the crap office coffee today and donate the $3 that would be spent at Starbucks to help fund cancer research. Click here to contribute.

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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