Woman Gives Birth Hours after Completing Marathon

Amber Miller wasn't one to let mere full-term pregnancy (well, 39 weeks) get in the way of completing her eighth marathon:

When the baby hadn't been born by Sunday, she got clearance from her doctor to run half. She completed it with a with a half-run half-walk approach, drinking lots of fluids and eating a lot along the way. She finished in 6.25.50, much slower than her usual marathon time, but still content. [...]


She felt her first contractions within minutes of finishing the race and gave birth to a healthy baby boy a few hours later. Although running all the way to labor is rare, champion marathon runners have trained aggressively during their pregnancies:

Marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe ran 22km a day while pregnant and resumed training weeks after the birth of her first child. She won the New York City Marathon in 2007 just 10 months after delivery. American marathoner Kara Goucher, who gave birth to her son last year, also trained while pregnant, running 130km a week at times.


Link -via Stuff | Photo: Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune

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