Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Women Are the Weaker Sex? Au Contraire, Mon Frère

As someone who's spent an obscene amount of time at gyms and on treadmills, this story blows my mind.  A 27-year old woman in Chicago completed the Chicago Marathon last weekend, all 26 miles.  Cool, yes? 

It gets better.

She was nine months pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful little girl seven hours after FINISHING the freaking marathon!!

Is your jaw hanging open?

Mine was too.

Let me tell you, I can barely motivate myself to run when I have a sniffle.  I couldn't imagine doing it at nine months pregnant.  This woman is phenomenal. 

Click here to read the full story.  Prepare to be amazed.

25 comments:

Angela Felsted said...

That is amazing. And I've never thought men were the stronger sex. They don't have to go through child birth for one, and for two my husband always lies in bed all day and moans when he gets the sniffles.

Instead of telling people to take it like a man. We should tell them to take it like a woman.

Charity Bradford said...

This poor woman has received a lot of comments to the effect she was selfish and put her unborn child in danger.

Rubbish!

I have such respect for her and her dedication to good health. She had her doctors approval (and watchful eye) the whole time. My guess is that was one easy (relatively speaking of course) labor, and her recovering will be quick thanks to fitness level.

Reading her story kicked my butt back into gear. I started running again on Monday thanks to her.

Sarah Pearson said...

I read this and if I remember rightly, she felt the contractions start but decided to have dinner first, after the race. That's my kind of woman :-)

Tara Tyler said...

show off

jk, incredible story! thats how women did it before hospitals & birthing plans & pre baby checkups (remember "bill cosby, himself?")

Liz Fichera said...

Agreed, agreed, agreed! And I love that, Angela: "Hey. You! Take it like a Woman!!" :) Charity and Sarah, it is so motivating. Go, you!

Mel Fowler said...

That is amazing!

Danette said...

I don't know... having given birth to three children-- you really can do a lot right up until you are ready to give birth. I think it's silly that people are so up in arms at her- I was cleaning house all day with my first one and with another the hospital recommended walking to speed up labor and with my third I was working (cleaning a large building) the morning I had him- it had to get done! So if she felt up to it, cheers to her! It probably sped things up and as long as she wasn't premature and she was following doctors orders.... phooey on those people who are calling her selfish. Women aren't fragile creatures who need to stay in bed during pregnancy. We are quite resilient and babies are too!

Joanne said...

Wow, I don't know if I'd have had the nerve to do that at 9 months, I'd be afraid for the health of my child. But I'm sure she was in shape and had researched her decision well ahead of time!

Carol Riggs said...

Gah! Are you KIDDING? Wow, what a woman.

That baby is going to have a natural bouncing rhythm. LOL

LD Masterson said...

Way back when I had my first born, a local bowling alley had a Saturday event - bowling for trading stamps (anyone remember trading stamps?). I was trying to gather enough stamps for a changing table. My baby didn't understand about due dates and didn't put in an appearance until three week after expected, so I kept showing up at the lanes, collecting stamps. By the third week, the other bowlers started giving me their stamps just so I could get the changing table and have the baby.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is wild!

Tara said...

How about that chick that plays HS football and won the game for the team right after donning a tiara for Homecoming Queen?

Steph Schmidt said...

Runner's high must have made that a very easy birth. I can't imagine running with a pregnant belly would be easy, but I doubt I'll be trying it myself. The idea of just in case I fell....too much guilt!

DEZMOND said...

I wonder if she knew she was pregnant or not? Isn't it dangerous for the baby?

Cold As Heaven said...

If she feels healthy enuogh to run, why not? No problem for the baby, I think >:)

Cold As Heaven

Colette said...

I guess she really needed to run...

Amy Jarecki said...

WOW!

Matthew MacNish said...

I'm here because LTM told me your blog is awesome. So I'm following now.

Nice to meet you!

Hart Johnson said...

I find this so completely baffling. I've spent a lot of time on fitness efforts over the years, but MAN, I was a slow WALKER when pregnant.

LTM said...

some folks are just plain ole crazy if you ask me. For example, people who run marathons.

But people who run marathons 9 mos pregnant take it to a whole new level. *snort* :D <3

Carolyn Abiad said...

Well, that just makes my excuses look lame.

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Carolina Valdez Miller said...

LOVE this!! Unbelievable strength.

Trisha said...

Maybe she was really sick of that baby being IN instead of OUT, and thought the marathon might help move things along :)

She is incredible anyway!

salarsenッ said...

Whoa! As a mother of four children I so tip my hat to this chick!!

Great to meet you! I just hopped over from Leigh's blog. Following you now. :)