- Chip Gaines has lost at least 10 pounds while training for his and wife Joanna’s annual event, The Silo District Marathon.
- The former Fixer Upper host opened up about getting in shape in the new issue of their magazine.
- He admitted he was “20 pounds overweight” before he started working out.
Chip Gaines is a lean, mean, marathon running machine—but the former Fixer Upper star says it took a lot of work to get there.
Chip was inspired to start his and wife Joanna’s Silo District Marathon in 2018 after meeting Gabe Grunewald, a professional runner with a rare cancer called cystic carcinoma. His chat with Gabe propelled him to start his own fitness challenge, and to create the now-annual race that draws over thousands of people to Waco, Texas each spring.
His first goal was to complete the full 26.2 miles, which was not an easy feat. “I hadn’t worked out in about a decade, and I was easily 20 pounds overweight,” he said in the latest issue of The Magnolia Journal, according to People. “That’s not really the ideal starting place for a budding marathoner.”
But with Gabe as his coach, Chip started his long-distance training—and even enjoyed it. Unfortunately, a bout of tendonitis in his ankle affected his schedule, and when race day came, his longest stint was only 15 miles. “This injury shook my confidence,” he said.
He didn’t let that stop him, though. “I decided that I’d put too much emotional and physical energy into training and hosting this race to let this setback derail my goal,” he said. There were points he could “barely walk” and his “feet felt as if they were going to explode,” but he crossed the finish line (with his kids by his side!).
This year, Chip opted for the 13.1 mile option instead, and took baby Crew with him in the final moments. And though he’s clearly gotten in shape now—see his shirtless selfies as proof—he wants his fellow fans to know that it wasn’t as easy as it looked.
“Failure was every bit a part of this journey,” he said.