Alysia Montano: Labor Is Much Harder Than Running 800 Meters

Alysia Montano: Labor Is Much Harder Than Running 800 Meters

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Even if you aren't into Track and Field, chances are you've seen Alysia Montaño. She's the 8 and a half month pregnant runner who competed last week. She talked to Steve and Araksya about getting the itch to compete at the US Track and Field Championships.

"I wanted to run the USA Nationals...I wasn't sure how I was gonna feel around this time...but as my pregnancy progressed and it felt so good just continuing what I was doing...the fire and the desire to compete just started getting hotter and hotter as my due date was getting closer."

After checking with her doctor and talking to her husband, Montaño prepared but kept it quiet.

"I said I want to do it, I want to run in the USA Nationals. I don't wanna tell anybody I don't want to be discouraged from doing something, I just want people to see what it looks like."

Montaño says now she wants to get the word out that as long as women talk to their docs, running or other types of sports are okay...with certain conditions of course.

"I really want to write about this or explain to people that this is something really good, something women need to be doing in their pregnancy, it would save us from so many different health issues that come on during pregnancy."



Fun facts About Alysia Montano (Source: Wikipedia)

Alysia is an American middle distance runner. She is a five-time USA Outdoor champion 2007 (1:59.47), 2010 (1:59.87), 2011 1:58.33); 2012 (1:59.08); 2013 (1:58.67). She has represented the United States at numerous international championships including the 2012 Olympics. She distinguishes herself by wearing a flower in her hair while running, a personal affectation she adopted to assert her femininity while training with men.   

Check out the official website for Alysia Montano.

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