I want to start out this post by saying that, even though the meanies in elementary school thought otherwise, I do not have a uterus. I have never, nor do I ever want to (because I would die), give birth. In fact, I feel so strongly about this, I even took a picture in the bathroom proving that there was no uterus present:
Not the picture you were expecting?
First, I would be remiss in mentioning a KILLER run that I had today. I had 11 miles on the schedule with 6x1200 at 5K pace. I NAILED them with overall pace of the fast sections being 5:58/mile. If I could replicate runs like that I might never stop running, Forrest Gump style. But, on the flip side, to show that I’m not trying to be boastful. . . . Monday, I ran 6 miles in the morning and about pooped my pants (had to "walk it off") and then 4 again at night which, while a fun family run, was at 45 seconds slower than goal pace.
|Me at the 2008 Chicago marathon the only race that I have taken off my shirt and my personal worst marathon|
Those nipple band-aids left tan lines that stayed there ALL winter.
The story of the pregnant woman running has picked up not only social media steam, but also mainstream media steam – appearing on the Today show as well as many other news outlets. Once she finished in 6 hr 25 min, having contractions from the start, she gave birth to a healthy baby seven hours later at 10pm the same night. As you can imagine, the fact that she ran the race has been a bit polarizing.
Many have said that she is reckless at best and negligent at worst for stressing her body at such a late stage of gestation. This seems to be the position of mainstream media. Most article’s I’ve read and reports I’ve seen (because I am a news whore) have suggested that she is a crazy person, addicted to running. Others have said that, since she had her doctors permission and took it twice as slow as normal, people are getting up in arms about something that was a slight risk at worst. Here is one of the many articles about the race, but here are the cliff notes facts:
- Amber Miller is 27 years old
- 8 marathons previously ran
- 3:25 marathoner (7:45ish pace)
- Had spoke with her doctor about the race, agreeing to a run 2, walk 2 strategy
- Had ran 2 marathons previous to Sunday while pregnant
What do you think? Just because she COULD do it, SHOULD she have? If 39 weeks is too pregnant, is 30 weeks ok? What about 20?