I am always amazed when I hear stories of how resilient women’s bodies are – Kara Goucher placing 2nd and running a 1:14:02 at the Arizona Half Marathon only 4 months after giving birth to her son…or the story below…
Anna Bretan won the Oakland Marathon in 2011 with a time of 2:53:19. She wanted to run it again this year and used it as a way to stay in shape during her pregnancy. She maintained high mileage weeks (40-miles up until delivery) and even ran 5 miles the DAY she gave birth.
The story only gets more amazing. Within a week after giving birth, she was back to running high mileage and ran the Oakland Marathon again this past weekend – it was only SIX WEEKS after she gave birth. And not only did she run the distance, she won – again! And her time – 2:57:33. (Source: SF Chronicle)
Crazy? Many would argue yes. But aren’t all marathon runners just a little bit crazy?
A much less known story is about a former Army CPT, Jessica Jacobs, now a professional triathlete, who raced the Kona Ironman, only TEN weeks after giving birth to her daughter. While successfully breastfeeding her daughter, she managed to train for Kona, and completed it in 11:51 – a time many hope to accomplish at some point in their career (Note: her current PR is 8:55:10 – she’s just one of 13 women ever to break 9 hours). (Source: Ironman.com)