Running any marathon is an enormous accomplishment. Running one while almost 39 weeks pregnant? Doubly so. But it was no big deal for Amber Miller who finished the Chicago Marathon by half walking/half running the race in 6 hours, 25 minutes. Her doctor gave her permission to run half, and her husband ran with her, supporting her "all the way." Amber didn't see anything all that out of the ordinary about it. "It wasn't too bad, you know? I have been running all the way up until this point anyway so I'm kind of used to it," she explained to the local news.
Near the end of the 26.2-mile mark, Miller started having contractions. She didn't really think that much of them, as she had felt them "here and there" before while running, but by the time she finished the race, they were five minutes apart! So, after she crossed the finish line, she ate a sandwich, then headed off to the hospital.
She gave birth last night to her second child, a healthy baby girl named June. Awwww!
Wow, well, I have to say, I'm super-impressed by the dedication Amber showed. She ran and ran-walked all through her pregnancy and went ALL THE WAY at the marathon on Sunday. And while it may seem like a shock that she ran while that pregnant, it seems like she did it responsibly, by half-walking and having her doctor give her the go-ahead for the half-run. I totally support her decision! I have a feeling that a mama like this, who seems to give nothing less than 110 percent, is going to teach her daughter a lot about being a strong athlete.
What's more, even though her finishing time wasn't her "personal best," Amber knows what a winner she is. After all, she not only beat her husband, but she also got to welcome her daughter. Not such a poor showing at all!
Do you think Amber sets an awesome example for pregnant athletes?
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