Al Roker is basking in the glory after completing a half marathon.
Over the weekend, the Brooklyn Half Marathon was dominated by record-high temperatures that caused serious exhaustion issues and even one death.
So Roker’s success at power-walking the entire thing was even more incredible.
According to Today, the 67-year-old maintained a pace of 15 minutes and 14 seconds per mile for the whole 13.1 mile trek through the city’s second largest borough – a personal record for the beloved weatherman.
"It isn't setting any land speed records,” Roker joked, “but it was faster than any of my training walks. I don't know if it was the adrenaline of being with people ... It just had everything going for it. It couldn't have worked out better."
He finished the race in three hours and 19 minutes, and couldn’t help but be proud at the end.
"There is a sense of accomplishment," he said. “It's like, 'Wow, this is something 22,000 people did. Not everybody can do it.' And you do feel like, 'Oh, ok, I did that!'"
His wife Deborah Roberts was even prouder, as she greeted Roker at the end with a medal in hand for him.
She then shared a nice photo of Al and another runner with the caption, "Scenes of a Saturday. Cheering on the perseverance and accomplishments of @alroker ... After training for months, Al reminds us of what shooting for the stars is all about.”
Roker began a healthier lifestyle journey in 2002 when he lost 100 pounds. He had set a goal to try to run the New York City Marathon, but wasn’t quite ready for that. And so far, Roker prefers walking to running anyway.
"No shade to people who run…,” Roker offered, “[but] I've got two knee replacements, I've got a hip replacement. Walking is a lot easier…. I just enjoy it. It's great for me, a great activity, because it gives me a chance to kind of decompress."
The "Today" show co-host had gleaned enjoyment from walking around the Big Apple to do stories for the show. “Especially when I've been out on a story, I'm able to go walk, I just pack my sneakers and shorts and ... away you go. And you get to see a city from a different perspective than you do if you're in a car."
Due to coronavirus, this was the first time the Brooklyn Marathon returned to full capacity in three years.