Amber Miller Finishes Chicago Marathon, Then Gives Birth!

by For Two Fitness October 10, 2011

What an amazing story by Ronnie Reese and the team at the Chicago Tribune!  See the full story and video by clicking here
 
 
Photo finish: Woman gives birth after running
 (and walking) marathon

By Ronnie Reese and WGN-TV
2:59 p.m. CDT, October 10, 2011

Amber Miller was nearly 39 weeks pregnant — expecting her second child any day — when she set off from the starting line of the Chicago Marathon Sunday.

She ran and walked even as contractions started kicking in toward the end of the race. But she managed to cross the finish line — and grab a bite to eat — before giving birth to baby girl June Sunday night.

“I got the OK from my doctor to run half, and my husband ran with me and supported me along the way,” Miller told WGN-Channel 9 from her bed at Central DuPage Hospital. “I ran half and walked half, that’s how I finished.

“Everybody just kind of stared as I’m running by.”

Miller said she had been running throughout her pregnancy and marathon officials did not discourage her.

“Nobody tried to do that,” she said. “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 finished the marathon in 6 hours, 25 minutes and 50 seconds. Not her personal best, but she did beat her husband.

“Without training for it, he actually got a little bit behind,” Miller said. “But he was out there with me.”

Miller said the contractions started out “just randomly” during the race.

“But I think just from running throughout the pregnancy, I’d usually get a contraction here or there anyway,” she said. “But then, a few minutes after I finished, I started feeling the contractions and they were coming every five minutes. So I think we waited an hour or so just to kind of make sure it was real labor. They were pretty consistent at that point.”

After grabbing a sandwich, she headed for the hospital and June was born at 10:29 p.m. Seven pounds, 13 ounces.

Asked if she was going back to work today, Miller laughed and said, “No, I will not. I’m taking it easy today.”

Ronnie Reese is a reporter for the Tribune.

 




For Two Fitness
For Two Fitness

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Fit Pregnancy Starts Here – The For Two Fitness Blog

Ambassador Spotlight – Margrét Elín Arnarsdóttir
Ambassador Spotlight – Margrét Elín Arnarsdóttir

by For Two Fitness February 03, 2019

Please join us in welcoming Margrét as our newest For Two Fitness Ambassador!.   Margrét is an Islandic airline pilot with 2 kids, a third on the way, and 2 dogs.  Being very sports-minded, she stays fit during her pregnancy by participating in CrossFit, indoor cycling, and hiking.  After the baby arrives, Margrét is looking forward to walking, running, and weighlifting, along with participating in a number of sports.  Please show your support to Margrét by checking out her social media pages.

Read More

Ambassador Spotlight – Sandy Bailey
Ambassador Spotlight – Sandy Bailey

by For Two Fitness November 30, 2018

Please welcome Sandy as our newest ForTwoFitness Ambassador!  Sandy is the mother of a toddler with a second on the way, who keeps fit with running, strength training, and yoga.  Sandy’s fitness philosophy is to change her workouts every few months to prevent injuries, and she actively participates in races during her pregnancy!  Please check out Sandy’s blog.

Read More

Ambassador Spotlight – Alyssa Serchia
Ambassador Spotlight – Alyssa Serchia

by For Two Fitness September 30, 2018

Please welcome Alyssa, our latest For Two Fitness Ambassador!  Alyssa is the mom of two young girls, and is excited to have number 3 on the way.  She keeps fit during pregnancy and postnatal times by walking, practicing yoga, and doing low impact strength training.  Alyssa has run a number of half marathons, and is looking forward to participating in one in 2019.  Please follow Alyssa on her website.

Read More