Monday, October 10, 2011

What's your excuse?

It seems with every major marathon comes an amusing human interest story or two.  In last spring's L.A. marathon, we saw a man run a 2:36 after consuming nothing but McDonald's over the previous 30 days, and a 400+lbs man take over nine hours to finish.

File this one under: you can't make this stuff up.

Amber Miller completed yesterday's Chicago Marathon in 6:25, then gave birth seven hours later. She even beat her husband who joined her out of solidarity at the last moment after no training whatsoever.

Foolish?  Inspirational?  Badass?  I'm torn on this one.  On the one hand, I can't help but wonder if she needlessly risked her baby's safety.  On the other hand, according to the article, her doctor signed off on it, and I've always said that a person knows his/her body better than anyone else.

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. During my 1st marathon back in 1980 I met a woman in the first mile who said she was 2 months pregnant, We joked that her baby would be first in his/her age group. I lost track of her (even though there were only about 10,000 runners that year), but I think I looked her up in the results and saw that she finished. That was 2 months. But 9 months?

    Aside from the difficulty of running with all that extra weight, I wonder what the effect of loss of fluid and everything else one goes through in a marathon would have on the woman and the baby. But at the end of the day, it's up to the woman and her doctor. If the doc agreed it was safe for both, it's the runner's choice.


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