CHICAGO – Amber Miller felt contractions just minutes after crossing the finish line at the Chicago Marathon. A few hours later, the suburban Chicago woman – who slogged her way through 26.2 miles while nearly 39 weeks pregnant – delivered a healthy baby girl.
“For me, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. I was running up until that point anyway,” Miller told the Associated Press in an interview from the hospital where she was recovering Monday. “I am crazy about running.”
Sunday’s marathon was the eighth for the 27-year-old, who has been running for more than a dozen years. She found out she was pregnant with her second child days after signing up for the Chicago race and decided to play it by ear on whether or not she would run.
When the baby hadn’t been born by Sunday, she got clearance from her doctor to run half. She completed it with a half-run half-walk approach, drinking lots of fluids and eating a lot along the way. She finished in 6:25:50, much slower than her usual marathon time, but still content.