8-Months Pregnant Woman Runs 800 Meters At Nationals And Destroys The Delicate Flower Myth

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USATF Outdoor Championships - Day 2

Alysia Montano is nearly eight months pregnant. She also just ran the 800 meters in the U.S. track and field championships. She finished in two minutes, 32.13 seconds – 35 seconds slower than her personal best, which she ran while totally not pregnant in Monaco in 2010. She’s officially obliterated the myth that pregnant women are fragile beings who cannot handle physical activity. I’m impressed.

“I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,” Montano said after the qualifying heat.

The 28-year-old former track star finished last in her heat, but according to ESPN, nobody cared. The crowd was reportedly cheering her on and gave her a “rousing ovation” when she finished the race.

I love this. I love the support of the crowd. I love that Montano consulted with her doctor and made the right decision for her, knowing that there would probably inevitably be some backlash for this. ESPN reports that not only did her doctors give her the okay to run, they encouraged her.

There is no one-size-fits-all pregnancy – and pregnancy isn’t a sickness. If you are having a healthy pregnancy and are fit to begin with – this proves that you have endless options when it comes to choosing what you can and cannot physically tackle. What an awesome moment that must have been when she crossed the finish line to the cheers of the crowd. Thanks a lot for proving that we actually can lift the groceries, mop the floors, and get to the gym, Montano. Whose side are you on anyway?

(photo: Getty Images)


  1. CMJ

    June 27, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    This is awesome.

    PS. Douchelord Lauer did a story on this too…he wondered if it was “safe.”

    • Spongeworthy

      June 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      I saw that this morning and my eyes just about rolled out of my head.

  2. Spongeworthy

    June 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I was just talking about this on the Matt Lauer post this morning! This lady’s awesome. I can’t wait for all the internet hand-wringing over the damage she’s done to her child. It’s 2 laps around the track! She is an elite athlete! I’m sure the baby is fine.

  3. NotTakenNotAvailable

    June 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Damn! Tomorrow I will be climbing the second highest mountain in Colorado. I still can’t run eight feet, and that’s without growing another being!

    Also, I imagine litter-box duty is still a no-go no matter how fit your pregnant self is. So there’s that, at least.

    • BethAZ1987

      June 27, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Based on what I’ve read from the CDC, American Pregnancy Association, and SPCA, changing the litter box is actually fine. If your cats are inside-only (i.e., they aren’t eating raw meat by hunting), you’re fine. Also, the parasite requires a 24 hour incubation period, so if you scoop the box every day, you’re fine. Yeah, like everything else on the pregnancy no-no list, it’s *safest* to avoid it – but my husband just makes a mess of it, so I wish he would let me do it.

      Sorry for the mini soapbox rant – I’ve just been very frustrated by how many medical professionals still perpetuate this misinformation and act like just by having cats in my house, I’m exposing my unborn baby to all sorts of horrific things.

    • JenH1986

      June 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      While not pregnant, please please please please don’t tell my husband ANY of this. I used another commenters tactic and told him litterbox duty could hurt our chances of conceiving. I clean the dog poop, he cleans cat poop. So out of our mutual love for Mommyish. Don’t tell Mr. H.

    • jmuns79

      June 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      I totally agree about the cat box thing. I did it throughout my pregnancy, because my husband would only do it like once a week. I have two huge Maine Coons! I wore gloves to be safe and washed my hands, but people are so crazy about toxoplasmosis. Holy cow.

    • Garavriel

      June 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      I can’t imagine a litter box that was only cleaned once a week. Yuck! Our Ragdoll insists that his is cleaned at least once a day. If there’s any chance his foot may touch something that’s in the box already he will go on the floor instead.

    • CMP414

      June 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      I am pregnant and still clean the litter box. My husband’s aunt has never been pregnant and never has owned a cat and she still got Toxoplasmosis so I guess you can never prevent everything anyway.

    • Litterboxjen

      June 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you! I got shamed by my aquafit instructor when I was pregnant with my first about changing the litterboxes. My husband took over some of it when my SPD kicked in and it was too painful, but I still did the scooping and the cleaning.

      I’ve had cats literally my entire life, my two are mostly indoors and when they’re outdoors they’re supervised (so they’re not hunting anything)… I figure if I was going to get toxo, I’d have had it by now.

      Super-happy for Alysia, but also jealous… between the mild SPD I have this time around, the pregnancy asthma, and the referral pain from my SI joint, just walking is an effort some days. πŸ™

  4. Megan Zander

    June 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I’m jealous. My OB was such a grumpy cat over my wanting to workout while pregnant. It was like pulling teeth.

    • Alexandra

      June 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      My pregnancy was my excuse to eat ALL THE PASTA! but I would love to be that fit not-pregnant!

  5. Katherine Handcock

    June 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Oh, that is awesome! I would love to be that fit non-pregnant πŸ™‚

    I am totally not surprised to hear she’s already getting the “was that safe?” examination on TV. Because, you know, TV hosts > the lady’s own doctor.

  6. ted3553

    June 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    that is freaking nuts in a really good way. I can barely run 800 metres while not carrying 30 pounds around my waist

    • Alexandra

      June 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      HAHA 30 lbs – that would have been great! πŸ™‚

  7. Elizabeth Licata

    June 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Nope, nope. The grocery thing is real. Totally real. (If the alcohol thing is real, then the grocery thing is real too.)

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      June 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      THings that were VERY REAL THREATS during my pregnancy included carrying groceries and pumping gas. Things that were not threats at all? Painting, climbing on ladders, etc.

  8. Bleu Cheese Bewbs

    June 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    This woman is awesome. The 800 is no joke to begin with. I couldn’t even imagine doing it while carrying along a passenger.

  9. NoMissCleo...JustMe

    June 27, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    A friend of mine at work was doing Cross Fit throughout her entire pregnancy. And smiling about it. Sheesh.

  10. Layla

    June 27, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I wish I did not get morning sickness and could continue to exercise.

    This girl is awesome. Friggin running it faster this far along than I could when I was a 14 year old healthy girl lol

  11. lijepa1979

    June 28, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I make the kids carry the groceries…However, I am entering my 8th month of pregnancy today, and last month, I went with the family for a week of hiking. I had been planning it for months and had been training for it as well. I caught a lot of flack for it, but my midwife had given me the go ahead, and I was so proud that I could still keep up for the most part. I have slowed down a bit in the past month, but exercise is therapy for me, and I think it has helped me be able to keep up with everything this pregnancy.

  12. jenstar

    June 28, 2014 at 3:31 am

    This woman is incredible! I lifted weights until I was 7 months pregnant, and no lighter than I was doing before, but I had to stop because my centre of balance was all thrown out and aint nobody wants to be messing with 95 kilos of bar weight on your shoulders doing squats when you’re protruding the front πŸ˜‰

    She looks amazing! What an inspiration.

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