Danica Patrick isn’t any stranger to racing, however on Monday she can be competing in a special type of race as she runs her first marathon.
“I’ve solely ever had one bucket listing merchandise. 1! That’s to do a marathon,” she wrote on Instagram. “So, why not do probably the most well-known and apparently hardest one … Boston.”
Patrick, who retired from racecar driving in 2018, ran in bib No. 500, a nod by race organizers to her trailblazing accomplishments on the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500. She completed with a time of 4:01:21.
Patrick is the honorary crew captain for Staff Pace of Mild, the fund-raising arm of a basis began by the previous New England Patriot Matt Mild that helps younger individuals develop expertise for his or her future by the outside.
“It’s no secret that I really like a tricky problem,” she wrote on a team fund-raising page for the race. “I’ve by no means ran a marathon, so why not do probably the most historic and iconic one first.”
Patrick shared her coaching — and what she’s discovered from it — together with her followers. She famous the advantage of being in tune together with her hydration and vitamin, what she’s sporting to run, the temperature and out there shade. However Patrick additionally realized the psychological recreation that’s distance working, sharing on Instagram, “after I want my thoughts to shift from ache to one thing good … with some effort, I can.”
Runners sometimes must qualify for the Boston Marathon, finishing no less than one 26.2 mile race earlier than. By working to assist a charity, Patrick is ready to run Monday’s race as her first. She is working with a gaggle that features her sister, Brooke Selman.
“Can’t wait to hitch my fellow runners for the race of a lifetime,” she wrote.