Cowboys!

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:

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“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:

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

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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

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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.

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“…wearing jeans with no intentions of running.”

Nothing warms my heart more than a community coming together to support and to bring attention to the sacrifice of fallen police officers and military men and women. This picture was taken at the Inaugural Brad Fox 5K, which took place last Saturday, and honored Brad Fox, a police officer who was killed last September in the line of duty, after serving two deployments with the U.S. Marines in Iraq. You can read about this race and the man who was honored here.

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PhillyBurbs.com photo caption: Here the runners take off. In the center wearing jeans, Steven DeAngelis of Bristol Boro showed up with no intentions of running but took second place in the 30-40 age group.

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