Two cowboy things happened after the recent post about Greg, the pace cowboy.

First, I investigated something Greg said: “…I’ve actually thought about taking down that ‘Cowboy Marathon’ record that was set at the London Marathon (3:09) as I’m pretty sure I could do that, jeans, hat and all!”

Um…did this cowboy marathon record involve jeans? Guess what? It did! Meet Rik Vercoe. His race history is pretty darn impressive. His Guinness Record is kick-ass. His quote after his record-breaking run:


“I have to say that running dressed in blue jeans and leather chaps was not the best of ideas on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Needless to say I will indeed be walking like a cowboy for at least a week.”

So great, right?

And then there was this:


And the picture of this other cowboy taken by Tiffany at ThoroughlyThriving:


Follow the pace cowboy!

Ladies and Gentleman! I want to introduce you to Greg, the first pacer we have seen IN JEANS! He paced the Calgary Marathon 10K on May 31st.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and the mini-Q&A session as much as I did. And know that it is impossible for you to love him as much as I do. #JustSayin


1.    What gave you the idea of running dressed as a cowboy/in jeans?

Earlier in the spring, I hurt my Achilles tendon so I wasn’t racing; my coach’s orders in fact were to skip the Calgary 10k race. Of course I told her I wouldn’t “race”….which to me meant I had to find another reason to run it as I didn’t want to miss out on the day’s festivities. I had the idea of doing a Western look, especially since it’s Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I did a trial run 24 hours before just to make sure the outfit was “runnable” and heard a few honking horns as people saw me running along the pathways in jeans and a hat.

2.    What were some of the questions/comments from spectators and runners?

SignI think the cameras were following me before the race because I kept getting people wanting to take their picture with me and race officials were commenting, “You’re racing in THAT???!”….to which of course I answered them, “No, I’m the 45-minute Pace Cowboy” as I had the sign pinned to my back. On the course, I definitely heard a lot of “OMG’s” and “Wow, look at that guy!” I also got a lot of “Wow, I feel bad because a guy in jeans beat me in the race!”

3.    How bad was the chafing?

There was ZERO chafing. The biggest issue I found was that the jeans and shirt held in the moisture and felt a little heavy towards the end and the felt cowboy hat held in moisture like crazy! Here is a picture of me near the finish line, note the sweat on my head as the hat held it all in!

Sweat4.    Any advice for others who want to be as awesome as you and give running in jeans a try?

When it comes to giving advice for running in jeans, I think the two big things are: 1) Make sure they’re a comfortable pair of jeans – I couldn’t imagine running in skinny jeans or something that cut off circulation and 2) Take a test run to get a good feel – learn how they flex, how they might feel heavier after a few miles, and what to expect when you do a race in your jeans. Knowing what I know now, I’ve actually thought about taking down that “Cowboy Marathon” record that was set at the London Marathon (3:09) as I’m pretty sure I could do that, jeans, hat and all!

Like I said, go ahead and give it a whirl, but there is no way you can love him as much as I do.


Ready for another smile today?

NorthernEchoFrom The Northern Echo:

Richy Wade, from Darlington, attended the [Newton Aycliffe 10k] at the town’s Greenfield Community College with his family to take part in the 3k fun run which takes place alongside the main race.

After completing the short course, he decided to watch the 10k runners set off – and got so excited he joined in, even though he had not registered in advance.

He ended up running the route in a highly creditable time of 49 minutes – while wearing jeans and clutching his number from the fun run in his hand.

h/t to Mike over at Running Is Funny

A quick lesson on jogging in jeans

Good morning, Class. Welcome.

Davide, a follower from Italy, has been brightening my days by sending me pictures of himself running in a variety of costumes.* He REALLY made my day last month when he sent pictures from the Dieci Miglia di Maria Luigia (Google Translate helped me out: Maria Luidia 10 Miler).

Look closely at the pictures below. Davide does everything right: jorts, belt, dress shirt, big smile, and then sent race photos to me at Learn from this star student.

Class dismissed.


Jorts2The second photo sure looks like a good one for a Motivational Poster background. Anyone wanna take a stab at creating the next one?

* As a result of Davide’s dedication to making me happy, I am dedicating three full weeks (!) over at BestRaceCostumes to his race costume photos. Head over there now and enjoy.

Dukes of Hazzard Love

TVThere is nothing on this earth that brings me a childhood comfort like the television show Dukes of Hazzard. [SCREEECH]. Back up. “Uh, what?” you ask. “Jill, you are pathetic” you say. Let me explain.

Television in my childhood was a treat. My sister and I would wait all week for Friday night. My dad would either make popcorn – old-school style in a pot on the stovetop – or we would take a ride to Hills and buy it beforehand. [The popcorn at the Hills Snackbar was delicious. Was Hills just a Pittsburgh thing?] Sitting on the floor in front of the television, that was carried from my parent’s bedroom into the living room, with big bowls of popcorn on our laps watching the handsome Duke Boys, pretty Daisy, and being naive to the contentiousness of the confederate flag: nothing better.

Boy that was a long story to get to some of my favorite jogging in jeans costume photos EVER:

First, there is the creative and amazing Andy who ran as this, this, and this in the past. He sent me a picture from his most recent race. Notice the jorts. So. Much. Love.

DukesAnd since we are on the subject, here is another from the archives:


Again, jeans and jorts. Love. Love. Love.

I can only hope that the microphone and speaker in Luke’s hand is so he can yell “Yeeee Ha!” as he ran.

Of course I will kiss you, Mr. Jort-Wearing Irishman

There is something about St. Patrick’s Day races that makes people think, “I will run in jorts.” In the past, this happened. And then, over the weekend in Pensacola, FL, there was this:


Jogging in jeans recipe for deliciousness

What is the recipe for a truly GREAT jogging in jeans photo, you ask? The one that ensures deliciousness? Quit searching Pinterest for it – I have it right here for you:


1. Full length jeans

2. An action shot (yes, running, for those of you who are slow to catch on)

3. Above the waist nudity (hotness helps)

4. A belt with a ridiculously-sized belt buckle (Dan nailed this one. Where have you been, Dan?!)

5. Bare feet

6. Celebrity status


Add all ingredients to bowl. Stir. Scrape the sides. Lick the spatula. Stir again. Pour into prepared baking pan. Lick the spatula again. Lick the bowl. Bake.

And you get…Scott Eastwood

ScottEastwoodYIELD: 1. All for me.

If you are tempted to lick your screen. Go for it. I did. I am not ashamed.

Another reason to run in jeans!

CommentThis may possibly be the best comment has ever received. I heart Carla for choosing to run in jeans for their practicality.

Then I got to thinking:

It is pretty freakin’ smart to run with a gun. Geez, so many threats: wild animals, attacking dogs, rapists, serial killers. For me, particularly, being tired at the end of a run added to my already slow-ass pace equals a recipe for disaster if faced with a threat.

But jeans? There probably has to be other options to hold a gun during a run. Right? There are!:

RunWithAGunBut are they as cool as tucking it into the front pocket of your 501s? Hells no.

I think we have found another reason to add to the list: running in jeans makes it easy to carry your gun.

[While searching for ways to carry a gun during runningI found this. Ack.]

Reason #87 why Chicago is awesome

I am a fan of Chicago and could easily rattle off the 87 reasons why I like it there. But since I know you really don’t care, I will save you needless scrolling and get right to the new reason that was added to my list.

87. Chicagoans, when given the chance, will run in denim.

Evidence is in last month’s Chicago Monster Dash.

Not sure if this is a costume or just a super-cool dude running in jeans:


Not sure if this is a costume either, but running in a dress and a denim jacket equals a whole lot of love from me:


Adorable. No additional words needed:



How to practice fleeing a crime scene

Planning to commit a crime? Don’t have a partner to serve as a getaway driver? There is no better way to practice fleeing a crime scene than by running in jeans. I mean this HAS to be what these people are doing, right?



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