Fixer Upper star Chip Gaines just ran his first marathon – ever! That is pretty neat, seeing as Chip is 43 years old and marathons are very physically enduring. 26.2 miles can weigh on the body heavily. Just imagine how his shins felt by the end of this!
Where there is Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines isn’t far behind. Chip’s loving wife/business partner was there to cheer him on all the way until the finish line. I wonder if she tossed on her old cheerleading uniform?
Chip ran the Silo District Marathon in Waco, Texas (AKA the place that Chip and Joanna made a huge tourist destination). For weeks now, Chip has been updating his fans and followers on Instagram of his journey to preparing for the marathon. A week before the race, he posted a photo of some of his goodies, and captioned the photo:
1 week ’til game time!! Feeling butterflies for sure. One day, I’m ready and I’ve got this.. next day, not so sure. One way or another, I’m crossing that finish line. #26.2 #siloDistrictMarathon 5/6/2018
In exactly 11 weeks I will toe the start line and there will be anticipation and nerves but 26.2 miles later, when I cross that finish line, it's going to feel so good. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ If you haven't registered yet, I'd love for you to run this thing with me. Register for the full if you're a runner or, if you're like I was 6 weeks ago and haven't run in years, sign up for the half. If you start today, you have just the right amount of time to train for it. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Or if that sounds daunting to you, that's ok too – come run the 5k! Register at magnolia.com/silo-district-marathon/. #silodistrictmarathon @gigrunewald
The best part of this marathon journey? Chip ran the entire 26.2 miles wearing his tool belt! If you’ve ever seen an episode of Fixer Upper, then you know how much Chip loves to get down to work. Maybe he was scouting houses along his run that he wants to fix up?
Too bad Fixer Upper aired its final episode on April 3, 2018, because we won’t get to see any new homes that the couple flips. However, Chip and Joanna have quite a bit to focus on now, with the opening of their restaurant, Magnolia Table in Waco. Oh, and Joanna is due to give birth to their 5th child this summer!
We’ll take any supportive moments we can of this couple. Joanna documented the entire day using Instagram stories (sadly, those do disappear after 24 hours). She was very supportive of her husband. She snapped a photo of him crossing the finish line and shared it online.
Apparently, Chip decided to take up running after literally running into professional runner and cancer survivor Gabriele Grunewald in 2017. He was then inspired by her story and decided that he would run to raise money and awareness for rare cancer research.
Having a hard time finding the right words to describe this weekend’s #silodistrictmarathon events! Incredible, heartwarming, and inspiring to say the least. 🤗 . @chipgaines has taken us on the adventure of a lifetime by letting us join him on his journey to become a marathoner! DONE! ✅ I couldn’t be prouder of Chip for completing 26.2 miles and even though he didn’t run every single step, he maintained a positive attitude while continuing to move forward the whole way through — and THAT is what life, and running, are all about. ❤️ . Chip checked a BIG one off his bucket-list today but in the process he helped me check off one too! 😊 Ever since the day I was diagnosed with cancer I knew that one day I wanted to work to give back in the form of inspiration, sure, but even more so in an important source of hope for rare cancer patients — raising research funds for advancing the science to discover new treatments. My new foundation @bravelikegabe is the beneficiary of 100% of the proceeds from the race which is truly amazing and lifts us into a space where we will be able to make a huge difference in the cancer community right from the start. THANK YOU @chipgaines, @joannagaines, and the entire @magnolia crew! Y’all are special. ✨ . We fully understand the Waco magic 💫 and can’t wait to return next year! 🏃♀️🏃♂️ Big hugs to all who came here to run in support of the cause and cheer for Chip — especially the “original” #TeamBLG crew who made the trek and raced with vigor! (looking at you @ladiahallie and @justingrunewald1) Heart is so full. ❤️
Congrats on all the hard work Chip!