2015 promised to be a dream year for Sarah Brown. She ran personal bests and her blazing times seemed to make her a shoe-in for a spot on the World Championship 1500 meter team. But at the 2015 USATF Track & Field Outdoor Championship meet, something wasn’t right; she faltered during the last 200 meters of the race.
Reacting to her disappointment, she and her coach, husband Darren Brown, dug in deeper and Sarah focused on the upcoming European track season. As she always seems to, Sarah shook-off the bad race as she crossed the ocean, but the dizziness and fatigue that plagued her at USAs came crashing down on her once again. She knew something was wrong. What she was shocked to learn was that she was among the 1% of IUD-using women to become pregnant. Her due date? Three months before the 2016 Olympic Track Trials.
Sarah and Darren were undeterred and remained committed to keeping her as fit as possible in the lead up to the Trials, as was documented in the ESPNW mini-documentary, Run Mama Run. I had the privilege of speaking to the couple, also known as BTeamRunning and to learn more about their story and hear some kernels of wisdom they gathered along their journey.