Pregnant runner Alysia Montano finishes 800

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Pregnant runner Alysia Montano finishes 800
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano runs in the opening round of the women's 800 meter run during day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano gets ready to run in the opening round of the women's 800 meter run during day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano is pictured after running in the opening round of the Women's 800 Meter on day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano waves to the crowd before running in the opening round of the Women's 800 Meter on day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano waits to run in the opening round of the Women's 800 Meter on day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano gets ready to run in the opening round of the women's 800 meter run during day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano runs in the opening round of the Women's 800 Meter on day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano runs in the opening round of the Women's 800 Meter on day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano gets ready to run in the opening round of the women's 800 meter run during day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano runs in the opening round of the women's 800 meter run during day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano runs in the opening round of the women's 800 meter run during day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano runs in the opening round of the women's 800 meter run during day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26: A pregnant Alysia Montano runs in the opening round of the women's 800 meter run during day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
United States' Alysia Johnson Montano prepares to start in a women's 800-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
United States' Alysia Johnson Montano competes in a women's 800-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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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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