August 18 2017
One runner shares her long history with ultrarunning and explains how the sport helped her heal from a major surgical mistake.
Imagine this- you have a baby and six weeks later run a marathon in under three hours. Sounds pretty incredible, right? Yeah, we thought so too!
Just six weeks after giving birth to a healthy baby girl, Anna Bretan was the first female finisher of the 2012 Oakland Marathon held this past Sunday. Though slightly disappointed because her finish time of 2:57:33 was almost four minutes slower than her time last year (which, by the way, she won last year too in her marathon debut), Bretan quickly quelled any discouragement by holding her six week old daughter near the finish line.
Determined to run the Oakland Marathon this year after giving birth, Bretan continued running upwards of 40 miles per week (under the supervision of her doctor) until her daughter’s birthday and even ran a five mile “easy” run just hours after her delivery. As a wife, and mother of two young sons and a brand new baby girl, 27 year-old Bretan enjoys running because it is “the only time [she gets] to be by [herself].”
As if we needed more reasons to believe women are immensely strong, Bretan certainly embodies the epitome of fierceness. So, for today, be inspired because one of “us” accomplished something amazing. Go get ’em ladies!
What’s the most inspiring moment you’ve seen in running?