As every runner toes the start line, within them resides the story that carried them there. Those stories are made up of moments that culminate in milestones.
The history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is made of moments and milestones created by runners just like you. In honor of our 20th anniversary celebration, we invite runners to share their most memorable running moments with us.
This is the story of Stephanie R. from Fort Sill, OK.
This Runner Learned She Was Having a Baby Girl
Running a marathon is no small feat. Running a marathon when you have two small children can be a little bit more challenging. But running a marathon when you have two small children AND are pregnant with your third child? That’s amazing, and Stephanie’s story.
Meet St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon runner, Stephanie, from Oklahoma. It was 2015 and she was about to run her first ever full, 26.2-mile race in the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon—17 weeks pregnant.
With her two sons and husband waiting, Stephanie crossed the finish line and learned the sex of her baby after the race: she was going to have a girl.
“It was so emotional, so exciting,” she said. “And just one of my top favorite life moments.”
In fact, the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon had such a positive impact on her that she ran it again the very next year.
“We are a military family,” she said, “and were lucky enough to be stationed at (nearby) Fort Campbell for two years. I had so much fun at the 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon that I knew I had to do it again! The second one would be my first marathon not pregnant and I wanted to see how much I could push myself but in a fun and comfortable environment—and Nashville is the perfect place for that.”
It took a bit of time to work up to the full marathon distance, though.
“My first race was a 5K when my first son was 5 months old,” she said. “I did a 10K one month later but was so embarrassed because I had gained so much weight during my pregnancy. I tried so many things but didn’t get back into a consistent routine until two years later, after my second son was born, when I ran a color run. Something clicked, and I was addicted to running. Now I train with a triple stroller!”
To date, Stephanie has completed marathons at the Alaska Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle and Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio, and said she might even have to stop back in Nashville for another Rock ‘n’ Roll event in the future.
Every runner has a story. Share your favorite moments or memories from running with Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.