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Hello World!

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Post by: Sarah Brown – Wife/Mother/Athlete

Hello world, my name is Sarah Brown and I’m pregnant. Wait…what? Pregnant? Did I just say that? The answer is yes, yes I did. If you know me, I am sure your mind is filling with endless questions. One of which is undoubtedly, ‘Why would one of America’s top 1500m runners decide to have a baby leading into arguably the biggest year in a track athlete’s career, an Olympic year?’ Well, the answer is actually quite simple. I didn’t.

I had a copper IUD. For those of you that have never heard of an IUD, it’s an intra-uterine device used for birth control. It is over 99% effective. It is the most effective form of birth control behind abstinence. I think you know where this is leading. I am the less then 1%. I am pregnant.

I would like to take this minute to point out that I used the words “had an IUD” purposely. Getting pregnant on an IUD comes with many complications. First, you have the fear that the pregnancy is ectopic, meaning outside the uterus. This is very dangerous and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Second, if the pregnancy is viable, then you must decide whether to remove the IUD or leave it in. Both carry risks of miscarriage. My husband Darren and I decided to take the risk early on and have the IUD removed once we learned that my pregnancy was viable. We felt this gave us the best chance of having a successful pregnancy from that point forward.

As it is probably becoming quite obvious, I have overcome remarkable odds with this pregnancy. I am one of less then 1% to get pregnant on an IUD, I was in the middle of a tough training block, the pregnancy was not ectopic and therefore viable, and the IUD was successfully removed without harm to the baby. This brings me back to the beginning. I didn’t decide to have a baby going into the Olympic year. Instead, I was blessed with this incredible opportunity.

Beta's first picture at 6 weeks!

Beta’s first picture at 6 weeks!

As athletes we often like to believe we are in control and the one calling all the shots. However, sometimes life has bigger challenges and blessings in store for us. God humbly reminded me that He has plans for my life … and they are good plans. I have been blessed to be called a friend, daughter, sister, wife, athlete and now I will have the privilege of being called mom.

And as for the Olympic trials? You better believe I will still be training. I mean if the odds can be so stacked against me getting pregnant and yet I still manage to find a way, then who’s to say that I can’t beat the odds again? I already have the Olympic standard and am qualified for the trials in 2016. This alone is enough motivation to get to the line ready to compete for a spot on the toughest team in the world to make. Only this time, I will have one more fan cheering me on.

So this year, as many athletes write about their Road to Rio, my story will be a little different…and I hope you tune in to to follow my journey.

Author: The BTeam - Darren & Sarah Brown

A wife, mother and professional athlete. A husband, father, coach and training partner. Telling our story as we make our way through parenthood and chase our dreams together.

39 thoughts on “Hello World!

  1. Congrats and good luck, you two. Being pregnant is the scariest thing and being a parent is the best thing.

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  2. My copper IUD baby is 9 months old! Congrats. 🙂

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  3. Sara, you are amazing. I am really impressed with your ability to keep it all in perspective. Best of luck to you as you go through this incredible journey. Although, my mom was never the runner you are, she ran through her pregnancy with me. She placed in her age group 8 months pregnant at a 5K. Best of luck!

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  4. Congratulations! While it will be challenging, your running will take on a whole new meaning. You’ll be great!

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    • Thank you Kara! It already put the coming year into such a different perspective. If anyone thinks that we will do anything more impressive with our lives than create life itself, they’ll be waiting for quite a while! 🙂 That said, I’ll definitely be looking to impressive women like you for tips on how to get through this successfully and ready to rock “for” my new family.

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  5. There is always a “bigger hand” in all of our life moments, and it is wonderful to know the He has decided to bless you in this way, at this time. You will continue to be amazing as you train for two huge events in the next 6 – 9 months – my thoughts and happy vibes will be hopeful that both events come together just the way they are meant to in your life journey!

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  6. Congrats, both of you! You’re in for the ride of your life! My son completed his first 5K at minus 13 days.

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful, blog post ☝. How sweet and peaceful baby Beta looks in the ultrasound picture❤ Congratulations again to both of you!

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  8. Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Brown! My guess is that you are gonna have one good looking baby, best to you both. Better start designing a kiddie ElliptiGO!!!

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  9. Ingrid Kristiansen myth. Kristiansen won the Houston Marathon in 1983, five months after she gave birth to her first child

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  10. Congrats to you both , and all the best in your present and future endeavors.

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  11. Chris told me the news when I got to work at the Health Shoppe. Congrats to you both and prayers for a happy and healthy pregnancy. Running and training will take care of itself, but as you said beautifully, you now have another title and that is of mother. Prayers to you both and cheers to a future member of the Vol family (Make sure Darren knows it’s the REAL UT! ha) #VFL

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  12. Yea! Go Sarah Go! Go Darren Go!

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  13. You distance guys usually overtrain anyway.. this might actually help your body recover and be ready :)…..Good Luck !

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  14. A perfect gift given call her/him OLYMPICS.My sister in law happened to be in Kenya with two kids ” thought all is good” but blessed with a beautiful smart baby girl reading at 3 years…plenty of time to make the Team.

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  15. Yay! What exciting news – congratulations to you and your growing family, and kudos on your dedication to a healthy pregnancy. We will be cheering for you along the way, as we at For Two Fitness are (obviously) big fans of supporting healthy, fit pregnancies. It would be an honor to send you some running gear – please drop us a line. Keeping our eyes on the Olympics for you!

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  33. Sarah,
    I watched your espn documentary last night and it came at just the perfect time. I too found myself in the 1% to get pregnant on birth control. My husband and I had no intentions to have children however, God had other plans. I am in the verge of turning 40 and decided since we now live in Hawaii, this was finally my year to realize my dream of doing a half iron man. That dream quickly went out the window. I was so inspired by your story and effort. I realized I can still have my dream, it may take longer and it may take more effort over the next year but I can do it. Just because I’m pregnant or will be a mother does not mean I have to stop being athletic or competing. You are a true inspiration and I hope I can have an ounce of your dedication over the next year and realize this is just a bump in the road!

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