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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Andrew

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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Final Dedication Day + Motivational Poster #4

The final day is dedicated to all the rest of you! You are ALL my favorites. Whether you did a jog in jeans once, think that some day you might try it, or just laugh along with us – you are the best and I love all of you. Just as you are. Don’t change one little thing.

But I gotta list a few people by name. Thanks for promoting and appreciating the jogging-in-jeans cause in the way that you do. And, yes, I’m hoping you come to the ‘Burgh some day.

The jean-joggers:

Charla: She nabbed a PR running in jeans, writes me poetry, and is always scoping out jean-wearers at her races. We ARE going to run a race together some day – I am sure of it.

Gabe: No words needed.

Katy: She ran in jeans and then, although it was quickly abandoned, started a 12 Days of Christmas jeans-running streak. The fact that she attempted it earns her major love points from me. (However, I am using her experience as scientific evidence for why I won’t try this whole silly jogging-in-denim thing.)

Jorts House Mafia members: How awesome would it be to be IN A PICTURE with Brian #2  in his underwear in front of the Point State Park fountain?

The non-jeans-joggers:

Minka: If you read her blog, you’ll know that she is incredible and the type of person that you want to have around you.

Elisa: Another person that you want to have in your circle. Plus she sends me jean-jogging pictures all the time AND she doesn’t live THAT far away for a Pittsburgh trip.

Jen: I don’t want her to just visit, I want her to move to Pittsburgh so we can be real friends. Anyone who announces her pregnancy to the blogging world in this way is clearly awesome on so many levels.

Whitney: She’s “racing the states” and hasn’t yet ran a Pennsylvania race. Hoping it is Pittsburgh some day! And we’ll go to the zombie store together.

Mary: I love her. My #1 site commenter! Woot woot!

I realized, while making this list, that there are oodles more of you that should be on it. So I’m calling this “Dedication Week – Part 1.” All of you, if I find out that you were in Pittsburgh without a heads-up…well, let’s just say that I better not find out [scrunched up nose and vicious evil eyes looking at Y.O.U].

And because I can’t have a post without a picture, enjoy JoggingJeans.com’s motivational poster #4:

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You can see all of the past posters that are motivating you to jog in jeans here.

Have you SEEN the thighs of hockey players?! Can they even fit in jeans?

If you tell me that you love JoggingJeans.com, that you like Pittsburgh, and also make a joke about bored NHL players, the picture you send will get bumped to the front of the queue. Just FYI.

I love your blog!  I’m a vet student, which can be PRETTY stressful, so I always need something to laugh at!  I’d been dying to try jogging in jeans, and got my chance when we got a little bit lost on a a walk with the dogs and ended up on a road instead of the trail.  Oops.  I ran ahead, single-handedly determined that we were going in the wrong direction, and I attribute that to jogging in jeans.  Thank you.  Also, I like your city.

Keep up the good work!
 
Andrea
 
P.S.  Any pictures of bored hockey players playing in jeans?
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The picture was taken at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge in Starkville, Mississippi. I NEED to go there – it looks beautiful. Thanks, Andrea!

Don’t hate me because I’m… from Pittsburgh

I received my first bit of hate from a JoggingJeans.com visitor last month. The comment was nasty for no reason except to be mean.* But one part of it made a reference to me being from Pittsburgh and I got to thinking about something @BrianBWatkins shared with me once that I did not know having lived in Pennsylvania my whole life:

I am from Dallas, therefore since birth it has been engraved in my consciousness that Pittsburgh (along with Philly, Washington, and New York) are all horrible horrible places. This is 100% a football related sentiment. Mention the terms “Steel Curtain” or “Terry Bradshaw” to anyone over the age of 40 and expect them to blow a f%^&ing gasket. Blame my upbringing. I’m sure “yinz” guys and the city itself is sweet.

Is it true that those of you from other big football cities hate Pittsburgh?

Well, you shouldn’t. Hate the Steelers, hate that the fans in Pittsburgh are a bit obsessive [sorry, Folks, but you are], but PLEASE don’t hate this city. I’m putting my offer out there again: if you have plans to visit here, contact me. I’ll buy you a coffee and show you around my city and knock your socks off by the awesomeness of it all. If you are a runner, better yet, let me show you the city that way. Warning: it will involve an almost mile run up a mountain [McArdle Roadway] with a payoff like no other. NO OTHER. Trust me.

So, the reasons this city is so great are numerous (to name a few ’cause, ya know, I’m me: the landscape, its low cost of living, because we put French fries on EVERYTHING, world-class medical facilities, diverse neighborhoods, abundant recreational amenities…do I need to go on?). While these are all awesome, the real reason is because there are people like John that live here. John ran the Freaky 5K dressed in a 1970’s denim leisure suit:

If you don’t love his wig and headband, then you have serious problems.

And while being from Pittsburgh AND running in denim are reasons enough for me to love you, John gets even more of my love. The reason? The stuffed goat that he is holding.

He ran with the stuffed goat to raise awareness for Haiti H2O Goat Project. He is running the Pittsburgh Marathon in May and is hoping to raise money to purchase 26 goats as part of a livestock exchange program to aid the people in Haiti. What is incredible about this program is that not only do the animals provide immediate nourishment to those in need, the recipients pass on the goat’s offspring to others in the community, thereby supplying food and income far beyond the initial gift. You can read more about it here.

How about doing socially responsible gifting this year instead of just exchanging gift cards? How about making purchases that actually might make a difference in this world? And who doesn’t like gifts that keep on giving?

Please go to John’s fundraising page and consider buying a goat as a gift to help a fellow Pittsburgher do some good. Come on, undo that Pittsburgh Football Hate** you’ve been storing up inside you all these years. 😉

* Thanks to those that saw it before I deleted it and came to my defense or wrote me an email [hugs]. But in all honesty, I thought it was AWESOME. There should be some “badge” you can put in your sidebar after your first particularly vicious comment.

** I totally want credit for coining this phrase.

Treadmill time! And a bonus picture!

Thanks to Ashley, my new Pittsburgh (yeah!) runner (woohoo!) Twitter friend who sent me this picture:

And to Tonya, Sew-N-Sew Runs blogger, for this picture taken at her gym in Akron, Ohio:

And, finally, a thanks to Jeremy, the genius behind the motivating, funny, uplifting, and even a bit philosophical CultFit, for today’s bonus picture. While it is questionable if those are actually jeans, the climbing pack is worthy of a post here:

Jeans at Pittsburgh’s Great Race

Pittsburgh celebrated one of its biggest running events yesterday – the Great Race. It is the 12th largest 10K in the nation and 15,000 runners were expected to run the streets of the Squirrel Hill, Oakland, Uptown, and Downtown Pittsburgh neighborhoods. I was there running and scoping out jean-wearing runners. And while I didn’t see any, Becky sent me a picture of a guy she saw before the race:

And this guy doesn’t look like the other two denim-clad runners I’ve seen in Pittsburgh: this guy or this guy. This city gets better and better by the day!

What I saw out my window…

I live on an upper floor of a condo in downtown Pittsburgh. I have a telescope and binoculars and often can be found relaxing and watching the world go on around me.

Look what I saw this weekend!

Can’t see him? Here he is zoomed in as much as my camera is able:

Running IN JEANS! In Pittsburgh!

My obituary

I warned that if the hysterical Danny character that I “met” through this blog had any more aliases, it would be the death of me.

JillyBean (Birth: May 10, 19-huma-huma. Death: today)

She loved Pittsburgh and looking at pictures of people jogging in jeans. And Dan. Oh, and her husband and family and friends. She was a lover of candy, cupcakes, salty snacks from the “itos” food group*, and anything from the local pizza shop [insert Giovanni’s Pizza logo here]. A Friday night never passed without her putting away a half of an extra large pizza and a side order of cheesy bread. Yet she managed to maintain abs that would make a girl half her age envious. She will be greatly missed by her husband when he runs out of clean underwear, her kitties when they are hungry, her friends when they have no one else to listen to their drama, and her family when they can’t remember something.

*Cheetos, Fritos, Doritos 

At the viewing, forget about the montage of awkward pictures of me at different stages of my life; make sure someone lifts every photo from JoggingJeans.com and plays them instead. Dress me in a sports bra (so that my abs and boobs can be enjoyed one last time), jorts, and running shoes. In my casket, tuck as many Runner’s World magazines that will fit. If anyone starts crying, make sure they get taken out behind the funeral home and beat silly.

The reason for my death: Danny Dapper.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, here are the Dannys that we have met already:

And now Danny Dapper running the Lakewood Meltdown 5K. His gear is a green disco shirt with a matching purple tie, a jean vest, jorts, a denim bucket hat, denim calf sleeves, and the new denim cho-pat for his trick right knee. Watch him cross the finish line at 1:56. Don’t blink.

And since you, Dear Readers, are lazy and wouldn’t click a link even if I really WAS dead, I provided a screen shot for you.

Gotta love him! A lot.

A Pittsburgh jort-wearing jogger!!

On Saturday, I ran the Genesis Riverside Run 10K on the gorgeous shores of the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. My husband was tasked with photographing any denim-clad joggers. To my delight, there was one!

Waiting for the start:

And close to the finish line:

I now am kicking myself for not looking for this guy after the race to get my picture with him and remind him of his awesomeness!

And this is the picture my husband got of me when I was sprinting toward the finish line (and rocking it to the best end-of-race song in existence: Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It”):

No, this isn’t me trying to be anonymous. It is the real picture (but cropped on the other side). I’d like to think that it was my lighting-fast speed that caught him off guard and THAT is why he missed the shot. 🙂

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Josher’s head-to-toe Salt Lake City Marathon is just six days away!! Thanks to the following people that donated to Denim for a Cure:

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!
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You can still donate by clicking here.

4 months, 123 pictures, and 20,000 views!

JoggingJeans.com was started just over four months ago as a JOKE – a joke between me and my dear husband. Today, the same week of the four month anniversary, JoggingJeans.com received its 20,000th view. 20,000 times someone has wanted look at pictures of people jogging and exercising…IN JEANS!

I have something to say to all of you:  I love you and I thank you. I love you because it is heart-warming that you enjoy the ridiculous of it all along with me. I also thank you because you do the heavy work – you are taking the photos and sending them to me. Your pictures, comments, and emails bring joy to my life. [Hugs.]

To recap the past four months, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite pictures that you have sent and my favorite posts:

THE greatest jogging in jeans “footage” in existence.

JoggingJeans ♥ Sean Hutchinson

He did WHAT in jeans?

No need to stage an intervention YET.

A jort-themed 5K! A jort-themed 5K!

A runner IN JEANS and IN HEELS!

Bravest submission to date

JoggingJeans.com and LifeIsSavage.com sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G…

“But, Officer, we always jog in jeans with construction materials in our arms.”

Race number, check. Running shoes, check. Purple sparkly leotard, check. Jeans, check.

Running in a denim jacket ← a favorite only because of the BEAUTIFUL man in the photo. Hubba-hubba.

Chuck Norris kicks ass IN JEANS

And since everyone asks, here is the description of the moment that the idea for JoggingJeans.com came into existence:

My husband and I were waiting for the start of a Pittsburgh 5K that started on the Clemente bridge (I think it was the Pittsburgh Charities 5K Home Run). There was a guy in front of us, stretching and looking as if he was preparing to run IN JEANS. We said to each other, “What the heck!?” and “He HAS to be here just waiting for the start of a race with a ‘real’ runner, right?” When they guy turned around and we saw the race number pinned to his shirt, we started laughing. I said, “I wish I had a camera.” My husband said, “That would be a good idea for a website – people could send in pictures of people running in jeans.” A few months later, I pulled some pictures off the web and started it just a joke between the two of us. The next thing I know people were submitting photos, Runner’s World was linking to it, and here we are 20,000+ views later.

So to the man, in jeans, stretching and preparing to run the beautiful North Shore of Pittsburgh on that April morning, this blog came about all because of you! [Hug.]

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