It takes months of regimented training to condition a body to run the Boston Marathon. Imagine running those 26.2 miles while pregnant.
Diana Duncan did just that. The mother shared a photo of baby Lyla, born Oct. 1, on the Boston Marathon official Facebook page. In her caption, Duncan wrote that she ran the marathon while four months pregnant with Lyla in April.
“Lyla, we can’t wait to see you competing at the 2034 Boston Marathon!” the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the marathon, captioned the photo when it shared it.
The post prompted several other running mothers to share photos of their marathon babies, all draped in blue-and-yellow finisher’s medals.
Amanda Fouquette, 28, qualified for the 2014 Boston Marathon before she became pregnant with Alaina. By the time the marathon rolled around, Fouquette was four months pregnant.
“I almost didn’t book a flight to run it, though, because my morning sickness was so bad,” Fouquette wrote in an e-mail. “But running the Boston Marathon in 2014 was amazing. The cheering, the energy, the other women with ‘baby on board’ shirts like mine. There was something so special about the 2014 race.”
Fouquette, whose family lives at the Hanscom Air Force Base, said Alaina, now 13 months old, loves to join her and her husband on runs.
“Her favorite is hitting the track,” Fouquette said.