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Chip Gaines is gearing up for his first marathon. And while training for the 26-mile run has been grueling, the Fixer Upper star has a pep in his step thanks to the support of his (growing) family.

Yesterday, the contractor-cum-lifestyle-magnate pulled himself out of bed for a 7.2-mile-long run and was pleasantly surprised when he saw encouraging notes from the four children he shares with his wife, Joanna—Drake, 12, Ella, 11, Duke, 8, and Emmie Kay, 7. Touched by the sentiment, Gaines shared their sweet handwritten notes on Instagram.

The HGTV star announced his plans to participate in and host the May 6 first annual Silo District Marathon earlier this year.

Hopefully that banana happy face and those adorable letters keep his spirits up and mile time down. 

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