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 April 24th. 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]

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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!

Before

During

After

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

But did any running actually happen?

The pictures are in! The pictures are in! The pictures are in of Jort House Mafia at Sunday’s KELLY St. Patrick’s Shamrock 5K in Baltimore.

And, yes, that is Mike rockin’ GREEN JORTS. And the chick in the second picture wearing jean skirt overalls? Too awesome for words.

Enjoy.

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With this post, Jorts House Mafia officially earned it’s own category on JoggingJeans.com. To see the previous posts (worth a look, they are some of my favorites), click here.

UPDATE: At least one jort-wearer (bib #73 and Boyfriend #9) ACTUALLY did some running. Proof:

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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.

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.

The power of jorts. Go Team WWJD!

I was at work yesterday and had just gotten back to my desk from the vending machines with cherry Pop-Tarts in my hand. At that moment, I couldn’t imagine being any happier. Then, as I’m shoving them into my Pop-Tart hole, I get an email that completely obliterated any Pop-Tart joy I was feeling – it was THAT great.

Reader Mike wrote about running a team 5K at the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge in Towson, Maryland. The team ran in jorts. The team’s name was WWJD, as in ‘What Would Jorts Do?’ And he sent us pictures! Meet boyfriends #7-10: Pat, Mike, Brian, and Brian.

And even though Brian #1 didn’t wear jorts, he made up for it by giving us some almost-nakedness. So, uh, yeah, forgiven:

And then their action shots. Don’t legs look so much better in jorts?

More from Mike’s email:

“…placed 2nd with an average 5k time of 22:40ish. Slightly inexact due to chip time error – Who knew denim blocks the chip timer if you wear it in your pocket?! 🙂

Probably the highlight of the race for each of us was passing the serious, veteran runners over the last 1-2 kilometers while rocking the jorts.  Hopefully, we’ll add a few more runners to Team WWJD for the next 5k.

Thanks, and we look forward to sending some more pictures in the future!”

So lets review the power of jorts. They can help rock a 2nd place finish, make a Pop-Tart seem not all that awesome, make your legs look so much better, shame snob runners, and bring joy to me and oodles of JoggingJeans.com viewers. Go Team WWJD!

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