Jogging in Jeans?! How I was inspired by the most random person, ever

Shane Labs June 26, 2014 5

The other day I was at my full time job, coding away, when something out the window caught my eye (yes, I’m lucky enough to have a window view, but don’t get jealous yet – my ‘office’ is shared with 3 other people within arms length of me, and our view is of a parking lot). It was a man, rather average looking, going for a simple jog.

Now, when you picture a jogger, I’m sure you have a specific mental image in mind. Fit, sweaty, wearing short shorts and a tank top, and gazelle-like. This guy was the exact opposite. Well he was sweaty, but what caught me off guard was that he was jogging with no shirt, wearing blue jeans. Yes, JEANS! That has to be the most uncomfortable bottom clothing selection possible – I’d rather run in wool!


Can you imagine jogging in jeans?

But this guy didn’t care. He was determined to go for a run. Not sure whether his motivation was to lose weight, gain endurance, or just get some outside air, but it was enough to motivate me. Think about it. How many excuses would we have come up with to get out of a run? Oh, I don’t have the right shoes. Oh, I need to run on a track. Oh, it’s too hot out today. This guy had NO EXCUSES! No tank top? Go shirtless. No running shoes? These will do. No workout shorts? I have jeans!

He inspired me because he had an idea, and he just started. There was no room for procrastination with this guy.

Even more amazing is that I’ve seen this guy several times. He doesn’t do it every day, but it’s enough to think that he should probably invest in some better attire. But he doesn’t care. He has a goal.

And I have no doubt in my mind, he’s going to reach that goal.

What about me?

So am I going to start running in jeans? Of course not, that’s crazy.

But am I going to give up on my side project experience just because I run into some snags? Hell no.

Yes, I’ve had some past side projects that don’t work out. Yes, I’m having trouble marketing my latest product. Yes, I sometimes struggle to find the time and energy to keep going. But no, I’m not going to stop any time soon. I know that persistance pays off. So I’m gonna keep on keeping on.

Have you had times of doubt with your side project? What motivates you?


  1. Jill June 27, 2014 at 1:06 am - Reply

    I have an entire website dedicated to posting pictures of people that run and do other exercise in jeans:

    • Shane Labs June 27, 2014 at 6:12 am - Reply

      What an interesting blog! And looks like it’s for a great cause, awesome!

  2. Calin June 28, 2014 at 12:18 am - Reply

    A great lesson to be learned here! Just like all bloggers (probably), I too had more blogs that ended up as failures rather than great successes. I won’t give up, I can’t give up, I must not give up – what motivates me is the fact that this is my only income and I have a family to feed. And I still get the chills through my spine when I remember the days as a 9 to 5 employee, terrified by the boss and always stressed out and depressed.

  3. Jayson April 28, 2015 at 5:53 am - Reply

    This inspired me to go out jogging today. It was a tad chilly, and i’ve gained weight so my shorts are too tight.
    All excuses.
    Thank you

  4. 101lols March 8, 2016 at 7:29 am - Reply

    I always wear jeans (outdoor).I got not other pants but jeans.
    So I always run in jeans yeah sometimes I get tired fast but I just got used to it.

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