Alysia Montano is a world-class runner who represented the U.S. at the 800m race at the London Olympics two years ago. Well, yesterday Ms. Montano completed a much lower-profile race, but it was one which would probably be better remembered than her Olympics’ run.
See, at yesterday’s race Ms. Montano was 34-weeks pregnant. Predictably, she finished last, clocking at 2 minutes 32 seconds. By comparison, her best time was 35 seconds better — 1:57.34 min. So, one might be forgiven for asking what the point of the exercise was. After all, the runner could not have possibly expected to do any better than that. Well here is Ms. Montano’s has to say:
I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process.
I just didn’t want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800.
By the way, a lap is 400 m, so it would be really, really difficult for her to be “lapped”.
Now, the doctors have reportedly OK-ed Ms. Montano’s run, but the question remains: why do so competitively when you are not able to, well, compete? Still, I am glad she’s doing fine, but hope that she takes it a bit easier for the remainder of the pregnancy. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Alysia Montano, left, who is 34-weeks pregnant, competes in an 800m race in Sacramento, California.
2. Olympian Alysia Montano finished last in the race but still ran at a pace many would struggle to achieve.
3. She has grown up training and competing so didn’t want to stop while pregnant- and her doctors said there was no reason why she couldn’t carry on.
4. Montano, a four-time national champion in the 800, came in last in her heat with a time a 2 minutes, 32.3 seconds but received a standing ovation.
5. Montano, a four-time national champion in the 800, came in last in her heat with a time a 2 minutes, 32.3 seconds but received a standing ovation.
6. Her doctors encouraged her to participate, which, she says, took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy.
7. The athlete competing before her pregnancy.
8. She came 5th in the London 2012 Olympics.
9. Her pace in the race while pregnant was a lot slower than she usually goes around the track when racing.
10. She’s used to winning races but said it’s the taking part that counts.
11. Montano would one day like to open a fitness center for families.
And here are the videos:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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