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Baby's birth a surprise for Minnesota runner training for a race

Mira, short for "Miracle," Staine, was born Monday to John and Trish Staine of Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. -- John Staine pinched the doctor.

"It was like a dream," the new father said of the odyssey he and his wife have experienced this week. "I wanted to make sure it was real."

Trish Staine is one of those rare cases of a woman who didn't know she was pregnant until minutes before she gave birth Monday.

Trish remained in the hospital and out of reach by telephone Tuesday, so John told the story. Both Mom and the new baby girl are doing fine despite a delivery five weeks early.

It started Sunday when Trish felt some back stiffness after a training run for an upcoming half-marathon.

John said Trish's pain increased throughout the day Monday. John was stuck in Superior, Wis., for a hospital checkup. He had seen his wife crying in pain earlier in the day and it eventually led to "screaming, crying and yelling out," he said.

She had run at least 9 miles Sunday.

They thought maybe it was a pinched nerve, a kidney stone or a burst appendix.

She took some pain relievers. She took baths. She lay down. It got worse.

Finally, two of the couple's older children were asked to take her in to the hospital. But the pain was too great and an ambulance was called instead.

When John later walked into Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center, doctors said "you have a brand-new girl," John said.

"Whose baby is that? It's not possible," said John, who, according to an Associated Press report, had a vasectomy.

The two have foster children and two biological children, 7 and 11. The Staines run the Genesis Project, a transitional foster-care program for young men between ages 17 and 21.

The family named the newborn Mira, short for "Miracle," according to an Associated Press report.

Neither of Trish's first pregnancies, obviously, compared to the one the couple never knew about.

There was no kicking, no movement, John said. His wife even looked like she'd lost weight while training hard for the half-marathon.

"She didn't gain any weight," he said. "Her face was even thinner."

He admitted that he can usually talk a mile a minute, but not this time.

"I just didn't have anything to say," John said. "It takes a lot to shock me."

Trish and Mira are expected to be home today.

One question? Will Trish finish her goal to run the half-marathon?

"We paid for it," John said of the entry fee for the half marathon during the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth on June 22. "They've already cashed the check."

If Trish makes it to Scenic Highway 61 starting line, consider it just another miracle for the Staine family.