At the USA Track & Field Nationals last week, 31-year-old Alysia Montaño ran her event while five months pregnant, flaunting her baby bump and wearing a Wonder Woman sports bra.
While Montaño obviously thought carefully about her look for this event, the bright flower in her hair is actually a staple—she runs every race with a flower in her hair because it signifies "strength with femininity," she's said on her website. "I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn't mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you're strong."
While she finished seventh in her 800-meter heat, Montaño ended the race with a huge smile and was greeted by her 2-year-old daughter at the finish line. Linnéa, of course, was wearing a "Strong Like Mom" t-shirt. Total mother-daughter goals.
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Shockingly, this isn't the first time Montaño has competed on a national level while expecting. In 2014, she ran the same event while eight months pregnant with her first child. (Related: This Cardio HIIT Pregnancy Workout Will Safely Get Your Heart Pumping)
3 years after I ran the 2014 USA Nationals at 8months pregnant I want to echo the same message after my run at the same event this passed week, this time pregnant with my second at 5months pregnant. My intention is to inform and to empower. Much Love PHOTO from: 2014 USA Nationals (8months pregnant with my daughter Linnéa, who was born at 7lbs 15ounces 19.5 inches on August 15,2014 after a full 40 weeks of gestation, happy and healthy!) #health #fitness #fit #fitmom #fitnessaddict #missflower #fitspo #workout #momlife #cardio #gym #fanvee #health #healthy #instahealth #healthychoices #active #strong #motivation #fitmomsofig #determination #wshhfitness #fitfam #fitmominprogress #exercise #noexcuses #Run #Running @fitpregnancy @healthy.pregnancy @pregnancyworkout #igfitmoms
"I don't define myself as a runner," Montaño also told Team USA. "I really define myself as a fighter for good. And I see that playing true in running."