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Pregnancy Won't Slow Down Shannon Miller
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Impending motherhood hasn't slowed down Olympic champion Shannon Miller, who plans to organize her second kids marathon of the spring in May.

"We are so excited about our new addition!" she told IG.

It will be the first child for Miller and her husband, Florida businessman John Falconetti.

Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller (U.S.) is expecting her first child in November.

The two-time Olympian owns nine world championship medals, including back-to-back all-around titles in 1993 and 1994. She won five medals (two silvers and three bronzes) at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, and four years later left Atlanta with golds with the U.S. team and on the balance beam. She has won more world and Olympic medals than any other U.S. gymnast in history.

The 32-year-old Miller, who is due Nov. 5, announced the news of her pregnancy Sunday while in her home state, where she was honorary chairwoman of the Oklahoma City Memorial Kids Marathon. The event encourages children to run or walk 25 miles in the 12 weeks leading up to a race, and then add 1.2 miles on race day to complete the 26.2-mile marathon distance.

More than 2,500 children took part in the 2009 Oklahoma City Memorial Kids Marathon, where Miller served as chairwoman for the fourth consecutive year.

"Watching the success of this race prompted me to start my own Kids Marathon in Jacksonville through my foundation," said Miller, who earned a law degree from Boston College. "Our first Shannon Miller Kids Marathon will take place on May 30th!"

Miller plans to balance pregnancy with championing health causes, something she has been passionate about since her retirement from competition in 2000.

"I have been working for years with the health and wellness of women and girls," said Miller, who serves on the board of the Florida Sports Foundation. "Everything from heart health and cervical cancer awareness to fitness and good nutrition. And of course, my foundation is geared toward fighting childhood obesity. Now it seems even more important as I think about my nutrition needs during pregnancy and keeping our child healthy and active growing up."

She said she was "extremely nauseous" for six or seven weeks early in her pregnancy.

"The 24/7 sickness more than morning sickness," she said. "But my friends kept reminding me that it's the sign of a healthy pregnancy. And at this point I am feeling much better."

Since her retirement, Miller has stayed in shape for numerous tours and exhibitions. In addition to television commentary and making appearances at clubs and events, she stays involved with gymnastics by coaching at clinics and summer camps.

Whether at home or on the road, Miller aims to work out at least four times per week. She does cardio three to four days a week, while doing light weights or yoga two to three days a week.

"I travel and work quite a bit but always try to find a balance in my life," she said.

Miller said her pregnancy has made her even more dedicated to fitness.

"It's even more critical for me to stay fit during my pregnancy," she said. "My workouts will change slightly. I have added a lot more yoga to keep my flexibility and my cardio workouts are focused around long walks, elliptical and swimming. This way I'm not pounding on my joints or ever-expanding tummy! I also try to do some light arm weights to prepare for carrying around my bundle of joy."

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LadyJ said:

Running marathons while pregnant?
I'm no doctor, but it seems a little dangerous to be running marathons while pregnant. Am I wrong?
April 29, 2009
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sara said:

no, it's not dangerous. when i was pregnant, i did everything to coaching, spotting, tampoline, snowmobiling, and more. it's perfectly healthy.
April 29, 2009
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Amanda Turner said:

Amanda Turner
Miller did not run, but organized the event. The Kids Marathon is 1.2 miles on race day. They encourage the kids to run 25 miles during the three months prior to the race.
April 29, 2009 | url
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LadyJ said:

That makes sense. I had thought she was doing the full 26 miles.
April 29, 2009
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pb323 said:

Kyla James
To the "perfectly healthy" comment. No, running a marathon is NOT perfectly healthy. Yes, moderate running is safe, but not a full 26.2 miles, which is what the OP was asking. Or, are you one of those who thinks that any road race is a "marathon?"
May 02, 2009
Votes: +4

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