Couples that jog in jeans together, stay together

If a picture captures a man and woman running together in denim, it automatically wins the JoggingJeans.com “Cutest Couple” award. The first pictures we have seen were both related to my new friends, Tracey and Andrew.

The first picture was submitted BY them and was taken at the Brian K. Betts 5K in Washington DC last May:

The second picture was OF THEM taken at the  Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon in Providence, Rhode Island last August:

And the latest submission comes from CJ (50ThingsBeforeITurn50.wordpress.com blogger) and was taken at The Color Run in Washington, DC on May 19th:

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What is it about this picture that warms my heart?

Dear adorable guy and gal who are so happy in your running jeans,

Your “Cutest Couple” award is in the mail. Keep on doing what you do.

Your biggest fan,

Jill

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.

Running in jeans = Not prepared? I disagree. ;)

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The first “Run to Remember”

Imagine if you had a traumatic brain injury for a moment.

Okay, I know this isn’t usual JoggingJeans.com lightheartedness, but bear with me for a second.

Imagine if you had a traumatic brain injury. What would you do?

I know I would not take on the feat of running from one side of Canada to the other in order to raise awareness for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors, that is for sure.

But, David McGuire, that is what he did and called it a “Run to Remember.” And this is AFTER David’s family was told that he may never walk or talk again. One year after his injury, he ran his first marathon. And soon thereafter pulled off the amazing feat of running a marathon a day across Canada, departing from St. John’s Newfoundland and completed his amazing feat 8 1/2 months later in Victoria.

So why am I telling you this? Just wait:

David running along the road.

And who does he see up ahead?

The Neepawa Tigers Football Team IN JEANS

Providing some company to David during his run.

L.O.V.E.

I spy a (super)woman in denim capris

A BIG thanks to Michelle over at RunningConfessions.blogspot.com for today’s picture.
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I took this pic at the Cincinnati marathon on May 4. The woman has 2 orange bibs, which means she’s doing the 4-way challenge (5k, 10K, and marathon). Not only is she running 3 races, she’s doing it with a broken hand!!!
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Another runner IN JEANS at the Pittsburgh Marathon 5K

Although I missed him when I was on the sidelines cheering on my new friend, Andrew, there was another runner at the Pittsburgh Marathon 5K in denim.

Josh was running as part of a group raising awareness and money for L.I.V.I.N.G Ministry. And he did his fundraising in the most awesome way! From his website:

I need your help…

  •  If I get $100, I’ll run in jeans.  Whoever breaks the $100 threshold decides whether those jeans are cut offs, and if so, how short.
  •  If I break $200, I’ll wear a suit and tie.  I have no idea what the weather will be like.  But i’ll be the best dressed runner, I assure you.
  •  If I break $300, I’ll skip the entire last mile.  No, not bail out, I mean skip like in hop scotch.  For a mile.
  •  Guess what, I’m on call for work next weekend too.  It’s only fitting then, if I break $400, I’ll open a conference call and give all donors the info to dial in and I’ll give live progress updates for the duration of the race.
  •  If I break $500, I will do ALL OF THE THINGS.

You all have heard me talk about the L.I.V.I.N.G Ministry before.  It’s one of the best ministries to the homeless, struggling, hungry, and forgotten public in Pittsburgh.  Not only the mission, but the staff are by far the most focused, compassionate, and  passionate people I’ve ever encountered.

Apparently, he met is $500 fundraising goal. Here is a picture of him running IN JEANS and a suit jacket:

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And here he is skipping across the finish line:

Josh, contact me. We are destined to be friends.

Guess what I saw on vacation!?!

Hi. I’m taking a quick break from my blogging hiatus to share with you what I saw today.

I am on vacation in a resort in the beautiful wilderness of Vermont. My days have been spent resting, relaxing, recharging, and taking in the GORGEOUS beauty of this state.

Today, we took a ride to the city of Burlington and while walking from historic Church Street to Burlington Waterfront Park, a guy IN jeans ran past us!

BurlingtonAnd just when I was thinking my vacation couldn’t get any better!

Me. Here. Relaxing. Resting. Happy.

I’ll be back soon! Keep those pictures coming: JoggingJeans [@] gmail [.] com.

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Of course LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” was on my training playlist

[Sorry if you are looking for a new exercising-in-denim picture today. I need a place to talk about my first half marathon.]

Short version of my race recap:

My ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon today (my first) in 2:09:40. I gave it everything I had in me. It was awesome. Of course I didn’t wear jeans, Silly.

Long version of my race recap:

I’m a weight lifter. Serious running along with serious weight lifting, in principle, are counter-intuitive. I’ve said it before: even though I run, I don’t consider myself a runner. I run because I know it is good for me. I don’t love it. I have no burning passion for it. I don’t identify with it. I’m not fast. My form is terrible. My face turns tomato red. I feel all sorts of terrible when I’m doing it. And I’m sure I do serious damage to my lung tissue with all the coughing that occurs (I have asthma).

But there is something about turning 40 that makes you want to punch that “4” and that “0” right in its old-lady, sun-spotted, fine-lined-and-wrinkled face. So I signed up for my first half marathon, trained for four months,* and then today…

…I caught 40 square in the jaw with a right hook, landed a spinning back kick, and then submitted that bitch with a rear-naked choke. It wasn’t the fastest “win” by any means – I did it in a shocking (for me) 2:09:40 – but a win is a win, right?

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Notable things on race day:

  • I cried twice. Neither tear-fest occurred at the finish line or because of pain. At one point, early in the race, I was overwhelmed with how blessed I am – that I am able and healthy enough to run 13.1 miles. The second time I cried was when I saw all the military service men, in full gear, on the railings of one of the bridges cheering us on. Runners were yelling “thanks” back at them, drowning out their cheers for us. It was moving in a way that I can’t put into words. And the tears? Full on sobs.
  • My performance. I followed all the advice from my running friends (and sister) and, if it was possible to re-do today’s race, I would not do one thing differently. I had a negative split and gave it EVERYTHING I had in me – 100% was left on that course. I remember thinking when I hit the 13 mile marker that I DID NOT have another tenth of a mile in me, but somehow I was able to focus on the spectators’ cheers and that was enough to carry me across the finish line.
  • The concerned volunteer. A lady, when I crossed the finish line, asked me, “Medic?” as she grabbed my arm and nodded her head up and down. I must have REALLY looked bad. I was, and am, fine.
  • Spectators. I’ve written before that I could not have trained for this race without the support of my running group, Steel City Road Runners Club; their support and company has been vital in the success of my training runs. Today, the spectators were my support. The cheering, the positive energy, the cowbells, the bands, the signs were out in full force! I beamed with Pittsburgh Pride the entire race.
  • The weather. Beautiful. Perfect.
  • Miscellaneous. 1) The kid drummer for the band Chess Club and a Chick that was playing on the North Side. He was awesome. 2) The people handing out gummy worms on Carson Street. I so needed them right at the moment they appeared before me. 3) I didn’t see anyone running in jeans. 😦

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And the weekend as a whole:

  • Meeting and hanging out with bloggers Charla (Running Haiku) and Tracey/Andrew (Stride and Joy) made for a memorable weekend that surpassed all expectations. Our time together was fun and comfortable and will be cherished forever. I’m looking forward to when I can get together again with my new friends.
  • I have an old man stalker. The full story is almost unbelievable (in a very fun way). For another time…

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* I came up with a training plan on my own and it consisted of one day of running each week [yep, that is all the running I did – 128.5 training miles to be exact]. I’m still deciding on the title of the book that will bring in royalties matching Hal Higdon and Jeff Galloway:

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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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