Jimmie Johnson makes 'big announcement,' says he's running in Boston Marathon
Jimmie Johnson teased he had a big announcement Tuesday, which had to do with a different sort of racing.
The seven-time NASCAR series champion said he is planning on running the Boston Marathon in April.
“Away from the car, there are plenty of goals that occupy my free time,” Johnson told NBCSports.com. “Endurance sports is a big part of that. Watching the Boston Marathon the year of the bombing (in 2013), something clicked about me wanting to run that race, and once the bombing happened, I wanted to be part of Boston Strong.”
It will be the first marathon for Johnson, who has run several half marathons, including the Daytona Beach Half-Marathon this past weekend.
“I don’t know what 26.2 (miles) feels like,” he said. “I’ve been to 20 a handful of times already in the training. It takes two days to feel normal again. The challenge of completing the accomplishment, I’m drawn to that stuff. I’d love to see how far I can push myself. We’ll see how it shakes out on April 15.”
On top of preparing for the start of the NASCAR season for the Daytona 500 this Sunday, Johnson said he has been training for the marathon since November.
He said he's currently running 70 miles a week and hopes to get up to 100 miles a week as the Boston Marathon gets closer.
Johnson also said he wants to finish the race in three hours.
“It’s very aggressive,” he said. “A difficult place to get a (personal record). The competitor in me wants to go fast and put up a respectable time.”
Participating in the race will be tougher than normal for Johnson — the marathon will be on Monday, April 15, just two days after the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va.
“I’m punishing myself for that,” Johnson said.