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Pregnant runner Alysia Montano finishes 800



BY MICHAEL WAGAMAN
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Alysia Montano will have a heck of a story to tell her first child.

Thirty-four weeks pregnant, Montano ran the 800 meters Thursday in the U.S. Track and Field Championships. The five-time national champion finished in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds - nearly 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34 in 2010 in Monaco.

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

Pregnant Runner Explains Why She Ran 800-Meter Race


That the 28-year-old former University of California star finished last in her heat didn't matter one bit to the crowd gathered at Hornet Stadium. Trailing the lead pack by more than 120 meters for most of the race, Montano received a rousing ovation as she finished her first lap and the cheering grew louder when she finally crossed the finish line.

"I just didn't want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800," said Montano, the 800 national champion the past four years.

She was never close to being lapped, taking a nice relaxed pace from the start and maintaining it throughout.

That was according to the plan Montano laid out after consulting with her physician. Not only did doctors give Montano the OK to run, they encouraged her.

"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."

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r1234598760 June 27 2014 at 1:00 AM

i would say she had no brains

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NoData June 26 2014 at 11:56 PM

Wow!!! re: major lackland she probably won't have one. Hope the baby turns out healthy. Best of luck to all the go-getters out there!!!

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Amber J NoData June 27 2014 at 3:03 AM

Because a fit mother would have an unhealthy baby?

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dubldee54 NoData June 27 2014 at 7:57 AM

Well she came first..not her baby....typical these days it seems....

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hellyon3too dubldee54 June 27 2014 at 8:50 AM

She had her doctors approval. Nay, she had her doctor's encouragement.

Pregnancy is not a disease, and if a woman has a well established, healthy pregnancy, running is not going to cause a problem.

So typical of you, though, judging and thinking you know more than the medical professionals who are managing her health. NoData is right.

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sonnyuomo1 June 27 2014 at 9:36 AM

Why is this news?...selfish and not noteworthy...we are really trolling for stuff to write about now aren't we?

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Felicia Milholland sonnyuomo1 June 27 2014 at 3:06 PM

Selfish? For staying fit?

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Patricia,,,,, June 27 2014 at 9:13 AM

What was the point of this....Seems like she was just looking for attention..And of course the media gave it to her... Stupid

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lbrady1234 June 27 2014 at 4:00 PM

GREAT LADY!

She's proven a point.

All women can and should work all the way up to delivery!!!

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KEN June 27 2014 at 8:10 AM

is this chick stupid ? another i am woman thing right ????? you can hurt the baby very easily

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Denny June 27 2014 at 8:37 AM

She cares more about her career than she cares about her baby!

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hellyon3too Denny June 27 2014 at 9:05 AM

Typical. A man speaking out on a subject about which he KNOWS NOTHING.

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lindaforjeh hellyon3too June 27 2014 at 10:36 AM

!. How do you know he knows nothing?
2. A woman could say what he said, and she would be right?
3. A male pediatrician is wrong, but a female pediatrician is right?

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richie3gs June 27 2014 at 9:33 AM

whats so special about that?

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biffcove June 27 2014 at 9:15 AM

No regarde for the baby ! How stupid what if the kid is born with something wrong ? Poor kid to have a mother this careless!

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Carl June 27 2014 at 7:34 AM

This is really a stupid thing to do. Not only does the baby get whatever you eat, all that bouncing around, I'm sure could hurt the little one's brain not to mention, not getting enough air!

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