34 Weeks Pregnant Woman Runs 800 Meter Race
Alysia Montano, 28, is almost 8months pregnant, yet she competed in the quarterfinals of the 800 meter race in the U.S. outdoor track and field championships in Sacramento, California last thursday.
Though she did very best, Montano, who is considered the fastest 800m runner in the country, finished the race in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds — about 35 seconds slower than her personal best set in 2010, according to the Associated Press.
Even though she came last in the race, the pregnant lady couldn’t be happier and she did received a standing ovation from the small afternoon crowd gathered here at Hornet Stadium at Sacramento State University after she crossed the finish line of her preliminary dead last in 2:32.13.
“More than anything I wanted to be here, and feeling that fire, to be on the track and to race,” said the five-time national champion.
Montano has been encouraged by her doctor to continue running, due to her very active lifestyle as a athelet. "That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy" She told the Associated Press.
She also added that “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.”