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Alysia Montano: Olympian runs 800-meter race while eight months pregnant

Being almost eight months pregnant didn't stop Alysia Montano from running.
Being almost eight months pregnant didn't stop Alysia Montano from running.
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Alysia Montano is 34-weeks pregnant. She is nearly eight months along and surely ready to give birth and welcome her baby to the world. She isn't ready to just sit back and wait though so she decided to be active in the last weeks of her pregnancy. On June 27, 2014, ESPN reported that Alysia Montano ran the 800-meters at the U.S. track and field championships.

She did it in an impressive time too.

Montano finished Thursday's race at 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds. Yes, it's a lot slower than the personal best of 1:57.34 she turned in back in Monaco in 2010, but she's not running alone.

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

Alysia Montano is 28-years-old and finished dead last in her heat, but that didn't seem to matter to her. She was thrilled to be out there doing the sport she loves so much. It didn't matter to those in attendance either as she was cheered on from start to finish and almost got a full standing ovation when she crossed the finish line.

While trailing throughout the majority of the race, Montano wasn't close to being lapped or embarrassed by other runners.

She wasn't necessarily expecting to win or break records. Montano enjoyed being out there, running at a relaxing pace, and being in competition again.

"That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy," Montano said. "What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby. ... I did all the things I normally do ... I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year."

Since running her very pregnant race, Montano has been the subject of much discussion across numerous social media outlets. People are calling her an "inspiration" and a "Superwoman."

Others have come down hard on Montano saying that the running and bouncing is not good for her soon-to-be-born child. Doctors have spoken up for the runner and said they see no reason why Montano can't keep running as long as she's cleared by her medical team.

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