While most of us are still stuck in a haze of diaper changes and midnight feedings, Allyson Felix is breaking records. The Olympic sprinter recently beat out Usain Bolt to hold the record for the most gold medals at the track and field World Championships—and she had a baby a mere 10 months ago.
Not only has Felix won a total of nine Olympic medals (and counting!), but she also battled preeclampsia and had to deliver daughter Camryn at 32-weeks via C-section.
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#9 Life looks different. Cammy is 10 months old today. Figuring out this mom life. I’ve had to fight a lot this year- for my health, for my daughter, for women & mothers, for what I deserve and for my fitness. I’m really proud to be at my 9th world championships and this one is extra special because my baby girl is in the stadium to watch it all. #WorldAthleticsChamps
So how does Felix balance a rigorous running schedule with mommy-ing. The track phenom told ESPN last December, “Having a child felt like I’d be risking my career and disappointing everyone who expected me to always put running first.”
The then-new mother added, “I know what I’m living for and what matters to me. I’m not just running to win the most medals anymore. I’m not pushing myself because that’s what everyone expects of me.” At the time, Felix wasn’t sure if she’d go back to competitive running or, if she did, how well she would do. As it turns out, in less than a year she’d sprint her way to a new world record!
Featured photo: Allyson Felix via Instagram