NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson has notched one other spectacular end, however this time he wasn’t behind the wheel. As we reported in our profile on the racing legend, Johnson set a aim to coach for and end the Boston Marathon this yr. On Monday, he swapped his No. 48 Chevy for a No. 4848 bib and completed the race with an official time of three:09:07, beating the three-hour, ten-minute mark to qualify for subsequent yr’s marathon in his age group.
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Johnson, the one driver to ever win 5 consecutive NASCAR Cup championships, held himself to an intense coaching routine even because the racing season started in February. He ran as much as 90 miles per week, typically at Freedom Park close to his residence in Charlotte, North Carolina. He ran Boston lower than 36 hours after ending the Toyota House owners 400 in Richmond, Virginia. As he factors out within the video under, the observe at Richmond is a demanding one, and it put a substantial amount of stress on his physique—not a really perfect solution to prep for a marathon.
“The subsequent two days are going to be the largest bodily challenges of my life,” Johnson stated.
He flew as much as Boston immediately after the race to toe the road in Hopkinton. Due to his intense health routine and loads of Gatorade, he pulled off a formidable end on Monday.
Whereas this isn’t Johnson’s first race outdoors of NASCAR (he has accomplished 5 triathlons and an Ironman), it seems to be like he could have caught the operating bug.
“It damage, but it surely was value each little bit of it,” he stated.