Goodwin, 35, recently completed the North Carolina Halloween Half Marathon — while pushing her 14-month-old triplets in a 3.5-foot wide, 120-lb. stroller.
“The great thing about running as a sport is that it grows with you,” she tells PEOPLE. “When you become a parent, it’s less individual and more something you can share with your kids. Charlotte, Gabriel and Gideon have an older brother who is 3; I have enjoyed the quality time with him and was hopeful they’d enjoy stroller running as much as he does — they do!”
“Participating in races with the stroller is great because it involves them in community and exposes the entire family to a healthy lifestyle,” she continues. “[The triplets] like taking in the sights and sounds at a race. They typically nap really well afterward, having engaged with all of their senses.”
But of course, running with three babies does slow Goodwin down.
“At miles two to four, Charlotte was reaching over and stealing her brothers’ toys and crackers. I had to stop a few times to reprimand her and calm them down,” she says. “At mile seven, I had to stop to change Gabriel’s diaper. I heard the ‘I’ve pooped’ cry before I smelled it. Luckily, there was a trash can nearby!”
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The Fayetteville, North Carolina-resident ran the race to raise money for the Cape Fear Valley Health NICU, which she is continuing to raise funds for.
“Our babies were born at 30 weeks and spent the first two months of their lives in that NICU,” says Goodwin. “My husband had just returned from Afghanistan and the babies went through a lot of ups and downs as they learned to regulate their own body temperatures, feed and breathe on their own. God did great things through the nurses, respiratory therapists and neonatologists in the NICU, who were part clinician and part counselor for us.”
Not only was she able to raise money for a cause dear to her heart, but she may become the holder of a Guinness World Record. She submitted her time of 2 hours, 1 minute and 19 seconds for a new category: completing a half-marathon with a triple stroller.
“Now that I have completed the race, my record is ‘evidence pending,’ ” she says. “I have submitted multiple videos, witness statements and timing and race information to verify. All of this may sound annoying, but I actually appreciate the depth of this process — it ensures the integrity of the records you currently see!”