Runner Alysia Montano was thirty-four weeks pregnant when she competed in a U.S. track and field championship 800-meter race on Thursday.
The five-time national champion finished in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds, only 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34 in 2010 in Monaco.
“I just didn’t want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800,” said Montano.
She was never close to being lapped, however.
After consulting with her physician, not only did doctors give Montano the OK to run, they encouraged her.
“That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy,” Montano said. “What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby. … I did all the things I normally do … I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year.”
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