Congratulations to Amber Miller. She had her baby on Sunday … seven hours after finishing the Chicago Marathon. I am impressed, not appalled as some people have been, saying she’s irresponsible.
The Chicago Tribune’s editorial does a good job covering why this isn’t that big of deal. Well, it is a big deal in that it’s an incredible feat for a healthy pregnant woman. It’s not a big deal that this woman had clearance from her doctor to do it.
Women with uncomplicated pregnancies are encouraged to stay active. That’s not to say they’re encouraged to start NEW workout activities. Miller was a runner before being pregnant so it made sense she was running throughout her pregnancy. She’s been a competitive runner for 15 years, after all.
If you’re not a runner and you find out you’re pregnant, well, now’s not the time to train for a marathon.
I’ve heard of many women doing marathon (and ahem, half-marathons) while pregnant. I’ve never heard of one doing a marathon nearly 39 weeks pregnant, but I’ve heard of a runner winning a marathon months after giving birth (read about pro runners and pregnancy here, including Paula Radcliffe who won a marathon 10 months after giving birth).
What are your thoughts on Miller? Are you impressed by what she accomplished or do you think she was pushing things running so close to her due date?