"My goal is to be able to do a 15-minute mile," Jelly Roll tells PEOPLE of his upcoming first-ever 5k in May
Jelly Roll is committed to his upcoming 5K.
After announcing he started training for a 5K last month, the country star tells PEOPLE he's remained true to his word and almost consistently gone on walks to work up to the 3.1-miles required for the race.
"It's going really good, man," Jelly, 39, tells PEOPLE of his 5K training in an interview about his Uber Eats Super Bowl commercial. "This is the first week in six weeks I haven't got my miles in just because the Grammys week's been so rough, but I have been getting in the sauna."
The "Need a Savior" singer (whose real name is Jason DeFord) has been on a health journey and says his "ultimate goal for the 5K" is to lose some pounds. "As long as I'm training for this thing, I'm just shedding weight. I've been eating crazy good, so I'm excited," he explains.
However, Jelly clarifies that he's not participating in the 5K to out-pace anyone else. "I don't know if 'running' is going to be the word, but I'm definitely going to get the 3.1 miles done — probably a brisk power walk," he says. "My goal is to be able to do a 15-minute mile."
Three months out from the race, the Grammy-nominated musician is currently walking at a "21-minut -
e mile" pace and plans to "shave six minutes off" before the 5K comes around.
Comedians Bert Kreischer and Tom Segura first proposed the 5K idea on their2 Bears 1 Cave podcast last month and recruited fellow entertainers includingMichelle Wolf and Stavros Halkias to join them. Then, Jelly appeared on theFull Sendpodcast and was convinced by host Kyle Forgeard to participate as well.
The "Save Me" musician's wife, Bunnie Xo, will also join her husband when the 5K goes down in May — but most likely as a supporter, not a fellow racer.
"Poor thing, she'd have to walk so slow compared to how fast she does 3.1 miles," Jelly quips. "For me, a 15-minute mile, I'm going to be huffing it a little bit. For Bunnie, a 15-minute mile is her sauntering."
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Following his appearance on the Full Send podcast, Jelly shared a video taken on one of his morning walks to Instagram last month and explained his decision to take on the 5K.
"Kyle from the comedy troupe Nelk Boys convinced me that I could make it to the 5K by May if I dedicated myself to it," he said at the time. "I believe in him. I believe in myself."