Loyola physical therapist running to show that mothers of multiples can do anything
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- While most moms of young multiples are busy chasing their little ones around the house, marathon runner Becca Farrell, 34, has hit the road with her two-year-old triplets in tow to prepare for the race of a lifetime. This mom of three will lace up her running shoes later this month to participate in the Chicago Marathon.
âAfter giving birth to triplets, I never imagined that I would run another marathon,â said Farrell. âHowever, motherhood has added a new layer of challenges that make training interesting. I now use my triple jogger stroller to push my children and build strength and endurance while I run.â
This will be Farrellâs fifth marathon and her first since delivering triplets Jack, Owen and Maeve in 2007.
âI endured a particularly difficult pregnancy that included nearly five months of bed rest,â Farrell said. âI didnât think that my body could take the rigor that marathon training requires.â
Farrellâs pregnancy was complicated by preeclampsia, a condition marked by high blood pressure and elevated protein levels. She also suffered from HELLP syndrome, a serious liver condition.
Farrell was monitored and cared for by maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Loyola University Health System (LUHS), where she has worked as a physical therapist since 2000. Their expertise made it possible for Farrell to carry the triplets to nearly 35 weeks before delivering three healthy babies.
âOur team of specialists provided critical care to manage Beccaâs complications and protect her health and the well-being of her babies,â said Dr. Richard Besinger, medical director, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology: Critical Care Unit, LUHS. âThe comprehensive network of care that we offer allowed her to make a full recovery and get back in shape for another marathon.â
Farrell is one of a handful of marathon competitors who is featured in various promotional materials for the race. She was chosen for her inspiring story and aspiration to achieve a personal best. Her image appears on a mural overlooking the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) at North Ave. She also will appear on airport luggage carousels, posters, event programs, media and participant guides, advertisements and vignettes.
âI am running to show that mothers of triplets can do anything,â added Farrell.
Farrell trains in her hometown of Glen Ellyn, Ill. She notes that training and caring for her triplets has been demanding, but she is determined to finish the race. When she does, her little ones will be waiting with her husband John to welcome their mom across the finish line.