Five-time national champion Alysia Montano, 34-weeks pregnant, ran the 800 meters race on Thursday in the U.S. Track and Field Championships, finishing in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds – only 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34 in 2010, reports the AP, via USA TODAY Sports.
I guess we should say it’s a good thing she didn’t win a close race (she finished last in her heat), which spares us a potential new track & field term “by a belly.” (god that was such a bad joke, I feel ashamed)
“I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,” Montano said after the race.
The 28-year-old former University of California star consulted with her physician about running, who gave her the ok. “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.”