The Olympic athlete has consulted with her doctor throughout her pregnancy about whether she could maintain her strenuous training regimen: not only was she told it would be safe, her doctor actively encouraged her to exercise as much as she felt able to. “That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy," Montaño explained. "I did all the things I normally do ... I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year.” She added that, "I know there is a lot of stigma and really, the word is ignorance, behind pregnant women and exercising. And the truth is, it’s good for the mom and the baby."
Montaño told Olympic Talk that “I've been running through my entire pregnancy, and I felt really, really good during the whole process. I definitely was like, OK, I think I can run a pretty decent time... I just knew I didn't want to get lapped, be the first person to ever get lapped in an 800-meter.” She never got close to getting lapped, setting a solid, steady pace from the beginning. She came in last place with a final time of 2:32, 35 seconds off her personal best but her determination thrilled the crowds at the championship, who began cheering when she finished her first lap, and then gave her a standing ovation when she crossed the finish line.
One of Montaño's long-term ambitions is to open a family-oriented personal fitness studio where parents can bring their children along to keep fit too. She explained that, "I want to teach people about exercise and fitness and how it can be really fun, and I want to help parents educate their children about it, because that's where everything starts."
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