One lap will be better than all the other laps

Remember my new friend, Andrew?

The other half of StrideAndJoy‘s Tracey? The Andrew and Tracey who added the Pittsburgh Marathon to their race schedule this year for an awesome weekend with me and RunningHaiku‘s Charla? The guy who showed up at our first-ever meeting for the Pittsburgh Marathon 5K IN JORTS? The guy who would totally be added to my boyfriend list except for the rule I have that if I know they guy’s wife and she is lovelier than all loveliness, then he immediately becomes ineligible? Yeah, THAT Andrew. If you haven’t been paying attention, then I have two words for you: PAY ATTENTION.

AndrewPay special attention because on July 20th in Philadelphia, Andrew will be running 24 hours straight to raise money for Back on My Feet. The object of the challenge is to run as many laps of the 8.4-mile course as possible in 24 hours. [Let that seep in for a sec – he is running 24 hours straight! CRAZY!]. The best part? Andrew will be donning jorts for one of these laps!!

If you haven’t heard, Back on My Feet is a non-profit organization that helps people who are homeless to rebuild their lives through running. It is a growing organization with chapters in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis,  Maryland, New York City, and Washington DC.

You can support Andrew’s efforts and this great organization here.

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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.

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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REVIEW: INKnBURN Performance Denim Capris

[ALTERNATIVE TITLE: Don’t take a picture of my butt and send it to me.]

Short version of review:logo_inknburn

INKnBURNS’s True Blue Performance Denim Capris are versatile for all of your workouts. They are comfortable and cute too!

Long version of review:

At least once a week, someone is emailing, commenting, Tweeting, texting (hey, Sis!) me about INKnBURN and their denim line of clothing. If you aren’t familiar with INKnBURN, I would describe them as a company that manufactures workout apparel “with an edge.” If you aren’t familiar with their “performance denim” line, it is comprised of clothes made of tech material with the look of denim. And the line is extensive: pants, skirt, shorts, tank, jacket, even a sports bra and headband! So, when given the opportunity to receive and review a pair of their True Blue INB Performance Denim Capris, I jumped at the chance.

For me, the ideal piece of exercise apparel is versatile – it takes me from the weight room to the yoga studio to the road/trails. I am far too much of a minimalist to have workout wear that must match all the different activities I enjoy. Additionally, my other criteria for exercise apparel is that I don’t want to THINK about it. If I am wearing something that itches or tugs or bunches or rubs, I can’t ignore it. Many workouts have been ruined (i.e. stopped early) due to the fact that I am distracted and/or uncomfortable.

Enter True Blue INB Performance Denim Capris.  I wore them running. I wore them in the weight room. I wore them to a power yoga class.

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FUNCTIONALITY

Overall, they are a high-quality product. Material, stitching…all good.

There was the perfect amount of stretch. Enough that you could wear them more than once without washing them (shut up, you know you do this) and they still retained their clingy stretchiness during subsequent wear(s). But, unlike compression-type pants, they aren’t gut-squeezing tight and limiting movement.

They were breathable and moisture-wicking. These aren’t for winter weather but in a moderate to hot environment, you will have no worries about staying cool and dry.

No tags! Nothing to scratch, rub, or irritate. Yes, the name and washing instructors are “burned” or embedded in the fabric. BRILLIANT!

THE LOOK

I feel like I can say that I “almost jogging in jeans” while wearing them because they REALLY look like denim! From the front, they might be able to pass for blue workout clothes, but the waistband stitching and back pocket stitching…yeah, jeans all the way.

I was a bit nervous wearing them because…well, you KNOW why. The look like jeans and I am wearing them to exercise.

Running: I wore them twice. The first time, I was out on a run by myself. As I passed walkers, I secretly hoped they weren’t JoggingJeans.com viewers and scrambling for their phones to take a picture of me. Thank goodness that my Twitter feed and email inbox have been empty of pictures of my own butt in “jeans.” And then I wore them this morning on a run with the BEST running group, Steel City Road Runners Club. It is comprised of a fantastic group of runners – heck, a fantastic group of people that are supportive and encouraging and passionate about the sport. Today’s run was a “blue out” training run to show our solidarity with all those affected by the tragedy in Boston. Given that these are the only blue pants I own, it seemed like a no-brainer to wear them. During and after the run, several people asked about them – most with a big smile and a “Hey, nice pants. Are they jeans?” or a “Did you just RUN in jeans!?” For those that didn’t ask, I’m sure they were wondering about the weirdo who was running in jeans.

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Here I am on the far left after our 11 mile run. So much for thinking that I was out of the shot!

Our Bibs!

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The weight room: I was nervous about showing up in the gym. The weight room section of my gym is pretty hardcore and, being the only girl there, I work hard to NOT do things to draw attention to myself. So I wore these on the day when there were the fewest people (Sunday at 8:00a-I opened the place), and there were only a handful of people there. However, those damn mirrors everywhere wouldn’t let me forget that I was in “jeans.” Again, I was hoping the girl on the elliptical on her phone wasn’t photographing me.

Power yoga class: My wonderful instructor (who I mentioned in the only other review I did on this site) came up to me once class started and whispered in my ear, “I was very confused about these and was thinking, ‘Is she in jeans?!’ Cute.”

And a quick video of me at the gym in them. The weird ending is because I told Dear Husband to start the start the recording mid-set and end it as soon as I finished so I wouldn’t have to edit it. He didn’t, so you get it “as is” with his wife looking like an idiot.

To the gym rats: Don’t attack. I don’t normally do squats on the Smith machine. The regular squat racks were being used and this part of the gym was empty.

Final, VERY IMPORTANT words: As some of you know, I’m running my first half marathon in Pittsburgh in 2 weeks (cue freak out). These are the frontrunners as of now for my race day outfit. So if you see them (i.e. me) on May 5th, just say ‘hi.’ Please don’t photograph my ass and send it to me with the text, “Hey, I saw this lady at the Pittsburgh Marathon IN JEANS!” 😉

Disclosure:  The thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and based on my experience.  I was provided the INKnBURN apparel free of charge for the purpose of a product review. I am under no obligation to return the product and can keep it for me own personal, continued use.

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.

Dedication Week, Day 4: Josher

No jean-jogger list would be complete without Josher. His stats say it all: in 2012, he ran 17 races in denim (!) – a 5K, a 10K, 15 half marathons, and a marathon. He also is planning to run all his 2013 races in denim – all in the name of raising awareness and money for breast cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute through Huntsman Hometown Heros.

Check out the new Denim for a Cure website and his new Team Denim initiative. Go ahead, clickity click on over there and see what he’s got goin’ on.

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Hey, Josher! Pittsburgh Marathon? Some day?

Dedication Week, Day 3: The Other Dan

The next featured runner of Dedication Week is another Dan who DEFINITELY is advancing the running-in-jorts cause. The best thing about Dan is that he brings smiles to the faces of race spectators and JoggingJeans.com viewers with his monikers, outfits, and sense of humor. Reminisce with me, will ya?

First we met Danny Disco:

Then Danny Dukes:

And Danny Denim (in the homemade calf sleeves!):

And Danny Dapper:

And then there was the moment when I found out that “Fabulous Jorts Man” was the same guy as the Dannys above. Mind. Blown.

And another great thing? Pittsburgh’s Great Race (a 10K on September 29th) is on Dan’s race calendar this year!!

Come on! Come to Pittsburgh! Everyone is doin’ it!

Dedication Week, Day 2: Tracey

We continue with our week of posts dedicated to my favorite jean-wearing joggers.

If you’ve been paying attention, you all know about Tracey and her blog, Stride and Joy. Let’s face it, it is tough being a running blogger – mainly because there are 50 bazillion of them all doing and writing about the exact same thing in pretty much the exact same way. I feel strongly that Tracey’s “hook” isn’t her race streak (although it IS incredible) but, rather, it is that never – not once – has she ever taken herself or her running too seriously. Every week, she laughs at herself and her love/hate relationship with running and permits us to laugh along with her.

In the 52 races she ran in 52 weeks in 2012, she has had numerous opportunities to scope out jean-wearing runners and boy did she come through for us.

The first couple picture ever seen here at JoggingJeans.com snapped during her race #21:

And then this cutie caught post-race #32:

Then the AWESOME time that she and her husband, Andrew, ran IN JORTS – an even cuter couple picture than the one seen earlier (race #37):

And these two new photos taken during races #50 and #52.

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And then, proving his jort radar is finely tuned, Andrew captures this guy kickin’ it in jorts as he was driving down the road:

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The best thing about Tracey and Andrew? They are coming to Pittsburgh to run the Pittsburgh Marathon!! Won’t you join them?

Dedication Week, Day 1: Dan

I’m dedicating this first full week of 2013 to my favorite jean-joggers. The dedication week is because I love the guts of these people and they have done a lot in 2012 to further the running-in-denim cause. It also may be about buttering up some of the people that I wish would come to Pittsburgh and run one of the races here. The Pittsburgh Marathon is May 5th and Pittsburgh’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon is August 4th. Actually, I wish all of you would make a special trip to run the streets of my beautiful city and so we can meet each other in person. Mark your calendars. Start saving your nickels. Email me if you have plans to visit and want to get together for a ‘hey.’ Creepos need not respond.

Day 1 is all about Dan. The Dan that ran two of his 12 marathons in 12 months in 12 states in 2012 IN JEANS. The Dan that grew a mustache for me and sends me pictures of others running in jeans and race signs. The Dan that got his own fan club here at JoggingJeans.com due to his incredible amount of awesomeness. That Dan.

And I’ll say it one more time: step off.

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