But that doesn’t mean he left his tool belt at home.
Joanna Gaines captured her husband Chip’s finish at the marathon in an Instagram post.
“Couldn’t be prouder of you,” she wrote. “You did it!”
Others captured photos of Chip running with the belt latched around his waist.
“They show Gaines decked out in a what appears to be a leather belt with attachments that dangled nearly to his knees. It was supported by two thick suspender straps,” according to USA Today.
As the Waco Tribune-Herald reported, Gaines pledged to run the marathon with the funds he raised going to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, which seeks out cures for rare cancers.
Gaines said in a post for the Gaines’ Magnolia blog that he met a woman named Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald, a professional runner who battled a form of adenoid cystic carcinoma, who inspired him to run.
“After hearing Gabe’s story, I realized two things: I didn’t want to spend another second standing on the sidelines,” Chip wrote. “And secondly, given what she’s gone through, I didn’t have any excuse not to give this a shot. So I committed.”
Gaines’ preparation for the race was long documented among running magazines, including Runner’s World, which interviewed Gaines back in March.
Gaines said he enjoyed sharing his preparation and training.
“It’s been exciting,” Gaines told Runner’s World. “I like sharing it. I’ve always pushed people to chase their goals, no matter how big, and it’s about time I put my money where my mouth is. Hopefully this all convinces someone else to do something they think is impossible. That’d make it all worth it for me.”