Friday!! And still no baby yet. As Anthony and I have been preparing for the big event, I’ve heard a handful of times that labor is similar to a marathon. If so, do you think I can break my PR of 3:20?!
Let’s see what the internet is saying about the topic.
- Apparently the “finish line” emotions take the edge off the pain. In this study from the European Journal of Pain (best journal name ever), researchers interviewed marathon runners and mothers, and found that both groups reported high pain levels immediately after the event. However, 3-6 months later, they recalled much lower pain levels. So I guess the babies and medals are worth it!
- This awesome blogger wrote a post comparing her experience running seven marathons and her unmedicated birth experience. She came up with ELEVEN reasons why the two are similar (including the fact that she snacked on HoneyStinger waffles through both! Ha!)
- This forum is a fun read and has lots of back-and-forth from mothers, runners, and mother runners. My favorite quote so far: “Childbirth was way harder. Also took longer. Marathons are easy after going through that crap.” And commenter on another forum says: ” I have completed over 10 marathons and many half ironman triathlons. Child birth pain was MUCH worse! No comparison.” Yikes.
- A fun article from Women’s Running lists a whopping 20 reasons the two events are similar. Including the facts that “it is entirely possible that you will poop yourself and/or puke during the event” and “photos taken during the event are usually horrendous and involve you making all kinds of contorted faces.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any more scientific studies on the issue — mostly just forums and blog posts sharing women’s personal experiences! I guess the academic research community hasn’t realized what a pressing topic this is
I’ll just have to conduct my own in-person experience and get back to you. Will my baby come out with free orange slices and a shiny medal?!
Anyone have experience in both endurance events? If so, tell me your thoughts in the comments! Just wondering whether I should pack some GU in my hospital bag. Thanks.