WEBDESK:A five time US-national champion ran an 800 meter race in two minutes while she was 34 weeks pregnant.
Olympian Alysia Montano may have finished last in the race yesterday at the Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California, but she said she enjoyed it and felt ‘really good’.
The Olympic athlete has consulted with her doctor throughout her pregnancy about whether she could maintain her strenuous training regimen. Not only was she told it would be safe, her doctor actively encouraged her to exercise as much as she felt able to.
“That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy,” Montaño explained.
She added that, “I know there is a lot of stigma and really, the word is ignorance, behind pregnant women and exercising. And the truth is, it’s good for the mom and the baby.”
The 28-year-old runner, who received a standing ovation after completing the race in 2 minutes and 32.13 seconds, said, “‘I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process.”
Her finishing time was 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34, which she smashed back in 2010 in a race in Monaco, but is still a time many recreational runners wouldn’t be able to achieve.
One of Montaño’s long-term ambitions is to open a family-oriented personal fitness studio where parents can bring their children along to keep fit too. She explained that, “I want to teach people about exercise and fitness and how it can be really fun, and I want to help parents educate their children about it, because that’s where everything starts.”
Source: Mail Online