Sarah Brown Pushes through Pregnancy Toward Olympic Trials in ESPN Series 'Run Mama Run'

Watch the U.S. track athlete navigate pregnancy and new motherhood while training for and competing in the 2016 Olympic Trials.

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EspnW just debuted the first two episodes of its five-part docu-series "Run Mama Run," which follows professional runner Sarah Brown during her incredible journey to the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Oh, and did we mention that she was pregnant, and then a new mom, the entire time she was training and filming?

Although Brown’s IUD was supposed to be more than 99 percent effective, the elite athlete discovered she had somehow managed to conceive anyway, about a year before the Olympic Trials. The series follows the mama-to-be as she trains through her third trimester, gives birth—to a baby girl named Abigail on March 4—and then uses the 16 weeks postpartum to prepare for the trials!! I mean, training for the Olympics sounds hard enough, so I can’t even imagine what it must be like to do it while preggars, let alone as a sleep-deprived new mom!

According to series director Daniele Anastasion, that’s exactly why she found Brown’s story so compelling. “I was drawn to Sarah’s story because it physicalizes a conflict that so many women face,” she explained. “How do you hold on to your career while having children? Athletes sacrifice their bodies for their careers. Women sacrifice their bodies for motherhood. Could Sarah do both at the same time?”

We will find out tonight, July 7, when she lines up for the first round of the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Track & Field Trials—after breastfeeding or pumping first, of course.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Episodes 1 and 2 of “Run, Mama, Run” on espnW, and look for the next two installments on July 7 and 8. The fifth and final episode is currently being filmed at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and will premiere in the next few weeks.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom. Check out her website for more, and then follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.

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