Alysia Montano has run the 800 meter race countless times before – that was nothing new. This past Thursday, however, the 28-year-old five-time national champion ran the race in the U.S. track national championships at nearly eight months pregnant!
According to ESPN, Montano finished the event in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds, which was 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34 in 2010. She’s held the national championship title for the past four years, and said doctors actually encouraged her to do the race again this year even though she was pregnant.
While the star athlete may not have won, she proved something far greater.
“I just didn't want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800," Montano said. “I've been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process."
Montano finished last, but received a standing ovation when she crossed the finish line just six weeks shy of her due date. It was a feat most people would not have even attempted.
Previously, the runner from Queens, NY represented the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics along with various other national and international competitions. She wears a flower in her hair for every race, and consistently challenges herself to be “bold and courageous.”
As far as how her baby bump held up in this latest competition, Montano described it as only an incidental factor.
"What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby,” she explained. “I did all the things I normally do ... I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year."
Her fans have got her back too!