A woman ran the 800m at the US Track and Field Championships while 8 months pregnant

Friday June 27th, 2014

Alysia Montano came in last place in her 800m heat at the US Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, which may sound like a bad thing for a professional runner, but is pretty impressive when you find out that she is 34 weeks pregnant.

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The 5-time national champion consulted with her doctors about her plan to compete so late in her pregnancy, and they fully supported her decision to train and compete in the race.

Montano says her only goal going into the meet was to finish the race without getting lapped by the pack, which she succeeded in, although she was 35 seconds behind her personal record pace.

The former Olympian said she had the idea to run about a month before the race when she realized she had a qualifying time for the national track meet, and hopes she helps to dispel any stigma about exercise during pregnancy.

This makes the Extra Mustard staff feel especially bad for not exercising... basically ever.


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