When I first saw this headline, I thought, “Isn’t that nice? Some good Samaritan gave up their dreams of victory to stop and help a pregnant woman deliver a baby.”
The Marathon Runner had the baby. She ran during contractions. At 39 weeks. Here is a snippet of this insanity:
Amber Miller, 27, had competed in two races while 17 weeks pregnant. But on Sunday she combined two major events in one day. Running while 39 weeks pregnant, she finished the marathon in 6 hours and 25 minutes, then gave birth to a baby girl about seven hours later. Miller said she didn’t feel any ill effects from her 6-hour and 25-minute effort during the marathon, except sore feet and a few blisters. She set an easy pace, running two miles, walking the next two — finishing three hours off her personal best for a marathon. “I don’t feel anything from the marathon, but I do feel what you’d expect after giving birth,” she said during a Monday press conference.
Hearing this ruined my day. Now, complaining about a hangnail doesn’t seem like a good enough excuse to skip out on exercising. Apparently, unless I’m in the throes of labor, I have no excuse. And, because labor is a thing of the past for me, I suppose any excuse that would put me in the hospital now…doesn’t cut it. Thanks a lot, Amber.
Heart failure? Shake it off.
Stroke? Just do it.
Amputation. No pain, no gain.
Amber, it’s people like you, who make the rest of us look bad.
Folks, it should also be noted, that Amber ran a marathon with her other two pregnancies, but only up till 17 weeks.
So, Amber, we can see that you are in the mode to stretch yourself. What’s next? You have the baby at the half way mark, strap the kid into a jogger and press on till the finish?
And…how would you top that? Give birth to your twin grandchildren during a marathon?
I wouldn’t put it past you.