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Running a marathon at 39 weeks pregnant: My thoughts

I don't usually blog on Tuesdays, but given my two most recent posts- How I'm still running in the third trimester and What would it take for you to drop out of a race? – I couldn't ignore this subject.

The Chicago Marathon took place this past Sunday. By now, I'm sure many of you heard about the woman who ran the race at 39 weeks pregnant, completed the marathon, and then gave birth later that evening (source).

Amber Miller claims her doctor gave her permission to run the first half of the race. Yet she continued on and walked the second 13.1 miles… while having contractions.

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Would I ever do this? Heck no! Then again, I've also never run more than 6 miles at a time while pregnant. Even if I was able to run further during pregnancy, I personally would not feel comfortable running a marathon at any point while pregnant. The only finish line I'm determined to get to is the one in the delivery room in December. Healthy baby > marathon finisher's medal.

But pregnancy has taught me that everyone's experience is different, and I've learned never to compare what my pregnant body can do to others. I know some women can run marathons safely during pregnancy. Though I'm guessing most of them run the 26.2 miles during the first half of their pregnancies.

When I first heard about Miller, my initial reaction was "what a fool". After skimming the story, I saw her doctor gave her permission to race so I thought "good for her."

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Then this story started popping up everywhere. Lots of people commented how awesome, amazing, or inspiring this woman was. To be fair, there were also plenty of negative comments too. Many called Miller's actions a publicity stunt. Though I'm not sure I agree with that because how could she have predicted she'd give birth hours after the race?

I'm not sure what I think of Miller…

  • Her doctor allegedly gave her permission to run half of the race. But did she have permission to walk the second half? I'd like to see an interview with her doctor and hear what he or she has to say.
  • My doctor told me to stop on any run if I had contractions or any other baby-related issues. Yet, Miller ran (or walked) through her contractions. Did her doctor give her any caveats for when to stop? Did she ignore them?
  • The Chicago course is known for not being shaded, and it was hot on Sunday. Overheating during pregnancy is dangerous (source). In fact, my midwife wanted me to take my temperature after every mile if I insisted on running in the heat. Did Miller take breaks?
  • Running cannot cause a miscarriage. (Granted, Miller was way past the miscarriage stage.) But can strenuous endurance exercise so late in pregnancy cause fetal distress or stillbirth? I'm not sure (and I honestly don't want to do the research because I don't want to freak my 31 week pregnant self out ;) ).

I don't know the answers to these questions. As much as I want to call Miller's actions reckless and irresponsible, I'm going to bite my tongue unless the answers to these questions are revealed.

What scares me is the amount of attention this story is getting (and yes this blogger realizes she's adding to it). Now, I'm not sure Miller could have predicted this media explosion. Miller may have had nothing to do with getting her story out there. Or she may have called the press minutes after giving birth.

My fear is that other pregnant women are going to be inspired by Miller's story and try to do the same thing. Unfortunately, I doubt that each mama and baby will have as happy of an ending as the Miller family.

If you're a pregnant runner, listen to your doctor and your body and be sure you know when to stop. There will be plenty of chances to run more races, but the baby you're growing can never be replaced. <3 I promise your pregnant body is just as amazing as Miller's, but you don't have to complete 26.2 miles to prove it.

What do you guys think of this story?

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  1. I think, in general, every woman’s journey (through pregnancy and everything else) is different. What works for me might be terrible for you, so what worked for this woman might not work for many others. I admire her courage and strength–but I also would’ve admired her for saying “I don’t think I’m up for running past 5 months” or whatever other decision she might’ve made. But holy cow–wowie!

  2. I was also bewildered when I first read this story.
    After reading it and if everything she states is true, I feel like she did a great thing.

    Also everything I read said that her doctor told her she could run half and walk half and that her husband completed the race next to her.

    Do I think it was the safest thing in the world no, but how many risks do people take on a daily basis?

  3. I feel the same way as you — and posted on this last night. Yes, I think it’s amazing that she finished, but I think it was also dumb and crazy – and somewhat irresponsible. I really hope this doesn’t turn into a thing. I had incredibly healthy pregnancies and worked out (and pushed myself), but at 39 weeks with my daughter her heart rate inexplicably shot up. It ended up being nothing major, but I also had issues when I delivered (3 weeks later). It was nothing that the Dr. could forsee.

    Maybe it’s because I’ve been pregnant/had kids and I realize how fragile that baby’s life is – but I just don’t think “awesome!” when I read that story. I just think “Thank goodness everything turned out OK.”

  4. Since everything seems to have turned out fine for her, I guess it’s okay. But how do you know? What if something had gone wrong? It does seem reckless and irresponsible to me, even with a doctor’s permission. But like you said, every body and pregnancy is different. I just know I would never even think of doing that myself.

  5. As someone that ran 50-60 miles a week up until week 35 during my first pregnancy and have been running 50-60 miles a week this pregnancy (currently 26 weeks)…I think this woman was wreckless. It was a hot day. Something could have gone terribly awry. She took risks that weren’t necessary. I’m also someone that had to go through A LOT to get pregnant (5 cycles of IVF)…so I have a lot of problems with people that may do anything to put their baby at risk or take their pregnancy for granted. BUT, I say this realizing that some people may think that my running is excessive (yourself included). So, I guess I just have to say “live and let live” if I would like to be afforded the same allowances by others.

    I’m glad it worked out for her…because it would be such a stupid thing to lose a baby over. AND…she did *only* run 13.1 miles. Big deal. I bet I could run 13.1 miles at 38 weeks if I wanted to.

  6. Here is where I get a little nervous runners and their mindset. When I started working out, my goal was to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I want to challenge myself to things that I never thought possible so that I could be proud and gain confidence. But when does my need to work out cross over into exercise addiction? When does the “challenge” go from a healthy challenge to absurd? I guess those are questions we need to ask ourselves internally, and for this lady, maybe it was fine. But what I will say for myself is that I am going to exercise in a healthy way when I get pregnant to help maintain the health of myself and my baby. That exercise does not include a marathon. Sorry, but it doesn’t. For her, it worked out. Great. I am leery of congratulating her on her strength though because was it really strength and determination or something underlying that isn’t very healthy? I don’t know.

  7. I was amazed when I read this story and honestly felt inadequate, I haven’t been able to run during my pregnancy my HR jumps too fast and without my glucosamine my knee is feeling rough. But I am happy it worked for her, it is not something I would attempt though.

  8. I will admit the first thing I thought when I came across the story was “that’s crazy”. That’s as far as I thought about it. I don’t think it is fair for anyone to be judging her actions especially to this extent. You have personally commented multiple times on your blog how you don’t like be judged about what you choose to do while pregnant (weight lifting, running, swimming, etc.) and from what I gather, you even find it offensive. As far as we know the baby is happy and healthy and I’m sure the media would have been the first to report otherwise. I can’t really comprehend why people are taking it this far. She obviously did it as responsibly as possible. Just because you are having contractions does NOT mean that labor is imminent. In fact you can be having contractions, walk in to the hospital and be sent home because you aren’t far enough along yet to be admitted (so long as your water is not broken). I believe your doctor probably tells you to stop and seek medical attention if YOU personally are having contractions because of your situation and how early you are/have been in pregnancy while running.. that would be concerning. The woman was technically at term and contractions would be considered “normal” if they occurred. Dehydration is one of the biggest reasons women go into pre-term labor and can inevitably cause fetal distress. She was taking a risk there but so is every woman who chooses to sweat while pregnant. You have to give this woman the benefit of the doubt because she obviously did something right. I think it’s fine that you personally would not do this (neither would I) but I don’t think it’s fair for anyone to be criticizing her based solely on their own personal experiences with pregnancy and running.

    Also, I honestly don’t think that just because some women saw this on the news that every pregnant runner is going to jump on the late 3rd trimester marathon running bandwagon. Marathon’s and pregnancy are not something you can do half-heartedly. I imagine a women who is determined to do both would know something about it.

    • You’re right- I hate when people judge my actions! I think most of us do. I was honestly hesitant to blog about this story.

      I’m not criticizing her, but her story scares me. I truly feel like more women will try to run marathons while pregnant now. It’s not safe for everyone and I just hope women don’t feel inadequate if they cannot do something like this.

    • I could not agree more! As a pregnant runner I am so sick of other people judging me and feeling that they know what is best for my body and my baby…and I’m sorry to say, but I think that this blog post just adds to the problem. I mean–asking to see an interview with her doctor to hear what he has to say? C’mon. She ran the marathon, she gave birth to a healthy baby, and the media is spinning the story out of control. That’s it.

  9. I definitely have mixed feelings about this one. I would have definitely shown up at the starting line, the bib had already been paid for after all. Can’t say I would have finished the race though. She did go really, really slow, but it’s still 26 MILES! I don’t know.

  10. When I read that and people’s comments about how bad@ss she was…I didn’t have the same feeling. I actually felt like it was way too much. I felt it was more about her than the safety of the baby. To her credit, I don’t know her healthy history or her doctor, so I don’t want to pass too much judgment…

  11. Oh Jen, another homerun post. Every pregnancy is in fact really different, but this just seems all sorts of crazy to me. And totally risking a babies life. I cannot believe the media attention this story has gotten and I hope to God that other women do not try to follow in her footsteps. It is way too big of a risk in my opinion, especially given the heat. And you’re right, she will have plenty of time to run marathons in her life, this was so unnecessary for her to do that late in her pregnancy!

  12. I have to say, I’m really disappointed in a lot these comments, and the post on a whole. Pretty much everyone, including the writer, has said pretty much “to each their own”, yet has passed a lot of judgement saying this woman’s actions seemed “wreckless” and she was “taking her baby for granted”. Nothing about what we know about this woman or her story indicates either of those things. Her doctor gave her the okay to run the half marathon, so she did. Then she ***walked*** the second half- with her husband. We have no idea how slow/ fast she walked and while it was hot that day, we have no idea how many breaks she took when she needed it or how much she drank (water, gatorade) and ate along the way. Many, many doctors and midwives recommend going for a nice long walk when your contractions start to get labour moving along a bit more. Yes she was having regular contractions by the time she ended, but she was walking, not running at that point and she gave birth hours later. It’s not like she was crowning as she crossed the finish line. I think a lot of people forget that not very long ago pregnant woman worked in the fields right up until they gave birth and then returned to the fields immediately after giving birth. We are capable of doing much more while pregnant than people (including other pregnant women) give us credit for. It’s completely unfair to pass judgement on this woman and act holier than thou saying that it’s nice that things worked out for this woman, but you would never do something like that to put your baby in danger. Do you really think this woman thought she was putting her baby in danger? Do you not think she would have stopped if she wasn’t feeling well? I’m sorry this post is so long and will obviously comes across a bit heated, it just really bothers me when women (both pregnant and not) judge other woman for their actions. You can’t in the same breath say “to each their own” as you so clearly pass judgement on another’s actions. I find this post and the commments disheartening.

    • I’m glad you mentioned this Meaghan. I saw an interview with this woman and she specifically talked about how 1) she had plenty of food and water during the race, 2) she was run/walking a 2:2 ratio during the first half and 3) she was only running 11-12 minute miles, which for any experienced running is practically walking. She finished in 6:25, which can hardly be considered overdoing it for an experienced runner.

      I also think the statement “As much as I want to call Miller’s actions reckless and irresponsible, I’m going to bite my tongue unless the answers to these questions are revealed.” is kind of a cop-out. You’re really not biting your tongue if you write it out on your blog and hit Publish. Own up to it.

      • Oooh and sorry for spelling your name wrong!

      • A cop out? How so? I think running a marathon through contractions is reckless, but I don’t know HER whole story. So, no, I won’t call her reckless. That would be irresponsible of me.

      • I, too, am surprised someone who has exercised so regularly/heavily through her own pregnancy would judge someone else for doing the same.

        • Fair, though I really don’t think I judged Miller herself. As I said, I’d like more information and I just don’t know how I feel about the situation. I fear the media is sending the wrong message to moms-to-be.

          I’d also argue there’s a difference between run/walking 4 mi at a time and run/walking a marathon. But I realize others may not see it that way!

  13. This is the most balanced post I’ve seen about the issue so far. Bravo.
    I have no idea what I would do if I were in her shoes, but the anger/backlash at her astounds me, particularly when no one, except her, her husband, her doctor, and (not incidentally) her now-healthy baby know the full story.

    I’ve had 2 friends get YELLED at, by complete strangers, in two separate incidents, for having a cup of coffee in their third trimester.

    Isn’t there some balance between our society preventing neglect and child abuse vs. all-out demonization of any mother who does something other than bed rest and eating fish-free, cheese-free, caffeine-free, deli-meat-free, peanut-butter-free salads for 9 months? I’m not advocating chain-smoking, heavy-drinking, and throwing caution to the wind… But the extreme backlash over a mother’s (doctor-approved) decisions seems excessive to me.

  14. I admit that my feelings on this issue are purely selfish. I feel like it totally diminishes my accomplishment of wogging a half at 34 weeks. LOL. Great post, Jen, and definitely each person/pregnancy is different. I’m sure her doctor must have known from the beginning of the pregnancy that she was planning to do this. I told my doctor at my first or second appointment that I was signed up for a half that would put me at 34 weeks and would I be able to do it. I was cleared the friday before the sunday race, and promised to stay hydrated and stop if I felt off/awry. Would I have attempted a full? No. But I also don’t regularly run fulls. I did end up wogging the 13.1 and finished with a PW of 3:30. BUT…I finished in 3:30! Preggo!

    If her doctor did indeed clear her to run half and walk half, then many kudos to her. By the time I was 39 weeks, if walking 13.1 would have started up labor, I would have been all over that. Seriously…although most likely not with the 13.1 run beforehand… ;)

  15. I can’t help but feel that this was dangerous even with doctor’s approval. Afterall – someone else DIED in the same race the same day. She just got lucky, that’s all.

  16. I commented on Michelle’s post (crazy*running*legs) yesterday & I’ll comment here too!

    I think that this woman did was inspirational and amazing – in that it’s another example of a woman exercising all throughout her pregnancy. (I can only hope that when I [hopefully someday] get pregnant I’m able to continue with regular exercising.)

    I think you hit the nail on the head in that we don’t have all the answers, so who are we to judge? If her doctor really did clear her to go the whole distance (running half, walking half) then clearly this was a woman whose body – and baby – were OK with vigorous exercise during pregnancy. And if she really did hydrate properly, take it easy enough & didn’t go out with the mindset of PRing then I don’t think she did anything wrong.

    Now, that doesn’t mean *I* would ever attempt to run (or train for) a marathon while pregnant. But that’s mainly because I know that my body doesn’t like marathon training to begin with….I’ll still run if I can though.

  17. The article I read about it said her doctor gave her permission to “run half and walk half”. All I have to say is that’s a long walk! ;)

  18. this story is ALL OVER chicago (and sounds like the nation at this point). i have actually heard more negative comments about miller than positive. my mom and sister were talking about it last night commenting what a fool she was. i’m torn on what i think. on one hand, we all preach “listen to your body”. if she felt good, why not? the other part of me, though, knows that marathons are risky to ANYONE (even a trained, in-shape athlete as evidenced by the 35 year old firefighter who died during the race last sunday) and how could a pregnant woman, responsible not only for herself, but of her unborn child, take the risk? to each her own, but personally i would never do it.

  19. I am really not sure what to make of this, but it was definitely shocking to me when I first heard about it. It just seems like there should be a point when a woman has to make sacrifices for her children, and doing something this dangerous sort of seems selfish to me. Luckily, everything worked out just fine, but I certainly couldn’t imagine doing this!

  20. great post! I agree with you. I don’t condemn her but I’m not sure it was a great idea. It sounds like she was too tired to have a very healthy labor. I’m 35 weeks pregnant and I’m all about working out. I still work out about an hour every day. However, I keep in shape so I can be strong during delivery. Not exhausted! Honestly, it sounds like she and her husband both had judgement issues. He did the marathon with her but he didn’t train at all! That’s just asking for injury.

    I agree with you – I think it’s setting people up for unrealistic goals. Neither she nor her husband should have completed the entire marathon. I guess I’m a traditionalist at heart. I think people should train, work hard and then complete a marathon.

  21. Well said, Jen! While I think it is truly amazing that she was able to finish a marathon at 39 weeks pregnant, I don’t think it was the best thing for her to do. The reason I think it is amazing is because I think it shows just how resilient our bodies can be. And that pregnant women aren’t necessarily “disabled” (I don’t like using that word, but I can’t think of a better one). However, I personally would NEVER have put myself through that our of fear of something happening to me or my baby. In fact, I dropped out of a half marathon after finding out I was pregnant because I was too scared to do it. I will never regret that decision and I’m happy that she doesn’t have to regret hers. I’m torn on the subject too – yes, she had a happy ending, but was it really that smart? Like you said, every pregnant women is different – look at the 2 of us. You are still running 9-minute miles and 4 miles at a time, where I can hardly run 3 at an 11 or 12-minute pace. I don’t know. Inspiring – yes? Safe – not so much…

  22. When I first heard this story I was just amazed that she had the energy to do a marathon that late in pregnancy to begin with. Then I thought..wow, a doctor said that was ok????. I was watching GMA this morning and they talked about how she had run a marathon while pregnant with her older child so I figured her body was probably used to the stress of the situation. I personally would never do it. My doctor doesn’t want me running past 7 months so I’m going to stop then. I just think why would I choose to run a marathon then when I could risk my baby’s health when I can just run a marathon a couple months post-partum. What’s the rush?

  23. Not one of my friends would have ever thought I would give up working out and running during pregnancy but when the doctor told me that I was having triplets and it was a sensitive pregnancy, I gave it up. I do agree that every pregnancy is different, but I also think that since I had such a hard time getting pregnant I’m more cautious and I don’t take one single day of this blessing for granted.

    • Amen. I couldn’t run from the positive pregnancy test until the first ultrasound because I was SO scared. It took my RE begging me to run (to ease my anxiety) for me to lace up my shoes again.

  24. My initial thoughts on the news were totally selfish–I am 27 wks pg and am running my final race– a 1/2 marathon on Sunday.  I’m worried about any backlash I may receive.  I have dr’s approval, husband support, wear a HRM, will be doing it with 2 friends, one of whom is a certified personal trainer and wouldn’t let me do anything to hurt myself or the babe.  I have been keeping up running and preparing for this (11-12 min miles).  I take walk breaks and hydrate, have multiple halves and marathons under my belt but I fear people will not see that or care.  Granted it isn’t a full–I couldn’t do that physically and wouldn’t do that personally–but it is still a race.    I went through fertility treatments to get pg both times so I def. Do not take pregnancy for granted…I just worry about how this story in general paints moms who continue to run any distance during their pregnancies…myself included.

  25. Lots of doctors give bad advice.. My sisters docter told her to keep smoking becuase the baby would go through withdrawal if she quit while pregnant. That was only 16 years ago. Dr also told me friend it was ok to take Xanax while pregnant. Look how many dr think a sleeping pill is ok when pregnant.

  26. I think the biggest piece of information we haven’t heard is, did she run the marathon because she had a goal and had tunnel vision, or did she decide to play the training by ear and if she felt like she could run on race day she’d see how far she could go. The marathon itself may not have been all that important to her it may just have been her way of speeding up her delivery date. And at every major race there are medical personell all over the place. The only thing that would make me nervous would be the temperature thing as you mentioned. However if it was me and I did run a race with the intention of speeding up my pending labor I’m pretty sure I’d run with a midwife or a doc by my side, but thats just me!

  27. I just heard about this today…and I can definitely see both sides of it, but I personally would not run a marathon while 39 weeks pregnant. Running a marathon can cause a lot of stress to the body that I just would not want to put it through. I’d be curious what her doctor really said and whether they know what they’re doing!

  28. I am right there with you- a mix of opinions/emotions. Difficult subject. I understand people being angry, also understand people being amazed… seeing both sides of the fence.

  29. Going off on a tangent — I’m watching the Biggest Loser and those contestants are going to be running a marathon as they do nearly every season. Given many of their obvious health concerns/conditions, one could argue that they are unfit to run marathon. This pregnant woman may very well have been fully conditioned and trained to jog/run half and walk half.

    Also, at what point is it preceived as okay or unacceptable to run? 25 weeks? 30? 35? Each woman and their pregnancy is different. It sounds as if she followed that advice of her doctor and one would hope she listened to her own body.

    I hope one day to workout throughout pregnancy. Run a marathon? Probably not, but who knows! :)

  30. Yeah what makes me sad is that the poor guy who died is only receiving a fraction of the attention! I’m on the fence- I’m thinking that she knew herself well enough to do it, and her husband was there with her at least. Does seem risky, but impressive at the same time. I hope she wore a fetal heart monitor…

  31. There are so many things we do day in and day out that can be viewed as “unsafe” to our baby. As a pregnant runner, I listen to my body. I’ve been very lucky to have an easy pregnancy and to get easily pregnant. I would stop and have stopped runs that don’t feel right. If we do everything that puts us at risk, we would never move (and that is a bigger risk to our babies). I think we all need to be careful before we judge anyone or any activity. It is a huge can of worms. I could easily argue that a woman who eats fast food and doesn’t exercise is putting her baby at a bigger risk than this woman. People could also argue that getting in a car, crossing the street, etc puts our baby at risk. There are so many what-if’s out there. It is no way to live life.

    I just hope the pregnant mama hasn’t turned on the news or read a newspaper since yesterday. No one deserves to have their personal decisions scrutinized by the masses.

  32. I am not sure I would have run the marathon at 39 weeks either, but to each it’s own. I do want to say that You are slightly wrong about the course, I just ran it (3.05), the first half to 15 miles was very shaded and it got warm but nothing terrible, definitely not the 90 degree weather like last year.

  33. It’s interesting to hear your thoughts on this. And honestly – my opinion has gone back and forth. I wouldn’t want anyone to judge my decisions while I’m pregnant, but this does seem a little crazy to me. I can’t imagine running a marathon at any point during my pregnancy, but…. I’m glad the baby was healthy and that there didn’t seem to be any complications. I think we just have to hope that this woman knew what she was doing and wouldn’t put her baby at any unnecessary risk. But overall, I can’t say that I read the story and was impressed/inspired by her accomplishment. I read it and was just glad the baby/mom were okay.

  34. I was due to run my second marathon on Sunday (Chester not Chicago, I live in the UK, hahaa!) but pulled out half way through training when I got pregnant. I’m now 14 weeks and continued running with my doctor’s blessing, and listen to my body (which tells me 7 miles max, and more slowly than before). I went to Chester for the weekend as the hotel was booked, and got to admit I was upset I wasn’t running and felt a bit frustrated at my shorter, slower runs. then friends posted this story on my facebook page and I felt lower still. Maybe I’m not trying hard enough? Maybe I gave up my marathon plans too easily? Maybe I was a crap runner to start with? But reading this has totally reminded me to stop being ridiculous! Right now its whats best for my baby, and thats looking after my body sensibly. I can, and do, still run, which is more than some people can do, and slowing down has actually made me notice more as I run and enjoy it in a different way. There’ll be more marathons, and I can’t wait to have a new little supporter to run for :)

  35. Love your response to the Amber Miller controversy. My views are quite similar – there are many parts of the story that I’m still not clear on (like why she continued on despite contractions, or if her doctor told her it was okay to do so?).

    I also appreciate that you pointed that it’s possible she couldn’t have predicted the media frenzy that has erupted over her choice to finish the race. While it’s not as though she was asking for all of this attention, I think that this could potentially cause other pregnant runners to think that they, too, can finish a marathon at 39 weeks.

    What should be focused on in all of this (and the point that many media outlets are missing out on), is that ability among pregnant women is going to vary. While some may be able to accomplish such a feat as running a marathon, others may not even be able to engage in light activity. This could be a key time to educate society on such a matter, but everyone’s caught up in the “magic” of it all.

  36. Did she ever explicitly say she had permission to run the FIRST half? I read it as being able to run half total – and then figured she probably ran/walked the entire thing. That seems more doable.

    But I still can’t imagine being able to do that – I’m incredibly impressed that she had any desire to put herself through that! My take is, listen to your doctor, listen to your body… both seemed to be telling her she was fine.

    Re: walking through contractions… I think when you’re full term it’s different. At that point it’s fine if you go into labor, so why wouldn’t it be OK to walk through them?

    • I see your point. But who knows if she ran or walked through her contractions. Still, I’d much rather be in a hospital with ob/gyns and high tech equipment than at a race with volunteer medical personnel. As would my midwife! But that’s just my opinion.

  37. At 38.5 weeks pregnant, I’m too busy thinking about my own baby and my own upcoming labor/delivery to spend much time thinking/contemplating this whole Amber Miller controversy. The bottom line is she delivered a healthy baby. I hope the media leaves her alone so she can spend some peaceful time with her newborn. And they probably will in another few days, when another outrageous-sounding story crops up.

    With that said, Jen, I agree with you — we just don’t know enough of the backstory here.

  38. All of this is interesting and can go either way but” What if she fell?” Doesn’t matter what shape you are in! Accidents happen and I wouldn’t want to second guess my intentions if something happened to my precious cargo!!

  39. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/a-marathon-runner-delivers-a-baby/

    The above blog post reports that she typically felt contractions when she ran during her pregnancy. The doctor was probably aware of this when giving her the okay.

  40. I love the Chicago Marathon picture…I can almost see me 1/2 mile back : ) I ran this past weekend and didn’t know anything about Miller. When I got to work on Tuesday EVERYONE (patients and coworkers) were talking about her. I find it so amazing that out of the 37,000 plus people running, everyone seemed to know about the 39 week pregnant woman. Obviously, she shared her story somewhere!


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