Over the weekend, a 39 week pregnant woman completed the Chicago Marathon. She delivered a healthy baby girl several hours later after experiencing contractions at the end of the marathon. Her name is Amber Miller, and she has gotten a lot of press since the weekend. People are responding with very mixed reviews. Katie Couric and another national newscaster reported on the story, and implied that Amber’s participation in the marathon was, “crazy”.
So, is running a marathon at 39 weeks pregnant crazy, or impressive? Or maybe crazy-impressive? My gut reaction was – WOW, is that safe? I continued running up until the day I delivered, but a marathon? That seems a little over the top. Then I did a bit more research on Amber. She is an avid runner, made sure to get her doctors approval, and ended up running half of the marathon, and walking half. She even had her husband with her during the marathon. It also took her a very long time to complete the marathon. My opinion quickly changed once I heard the full story, and I am very impressed with Amber’s accomplishment!
It has been interesting to hear and read the comments on this incredible story. Most women are livid that Amber would dare to prove that you don’t have to be smug and lazy during pregnancy! A few, like myself, are happy that Amber is proving it IS safe to run through an entire pregnancy! But, something tells me that a story like this will not make it any easier to run or workout at the gym while pregnant without critical glares from women on the neighboring elliptical. Those of us who prioritize exercise during pregnancy are still in the tiny minority … and those who are lazy and smug will never be happy to promote what we are doing 🙂
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