An Olympian athlete, Alysia Montano completed an 800 meter race and she’s 8 months pregnant!
Even though Alysia came in last place, she completed the race from start to finish in just 2:32.13 compared to her 1:57.34, which she smashed back in 2010 in a race in Monaco. Even with her placement, the crowd watching was fully aware of Alysia’s accomplishment, and in response to her big finish they gave her a standing ovation.
In an interview after the big race, Alysia revealed that she has been running all throughout her pregnancy. The decision to race in the 800 meter was made just one month before the event date, and came only after discussing whether or not it was a safe idea with her doctors.
Once her medical team gave her the green light, she decided to go for it.
“My midwives and doctors were so encouraging,” she told Competitor in an interview. “You are a professional runner. Your threshold, you lactate levels are going to be completely different than anybody else’s. That took away any fear of what outside world might think of a pregnant woman running, or exercising in general.”