Olympic runner Alysia Montaño is living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to.
The 31-year-old soon-to-be mom of two competed at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California, at five months pregnant.
Surprisingly, this is not Montaño’s first time competing while with child.
“I came here last time at 8 months pregnant in 2014 and it was such an amazing experience,” she told Team USA, according to HuffPost. “There is something about coming out to any venue not really expecting to win but going along with the journey and seeing what comes out of it,” she added.
This year, she finished last place in her first-round heat — as one might expect, considering the extra person she's carrying along with her. She finished with a time of 2 minutes and 21.40 seconds. However, the real-life Wonder Woman reportedly beat her own 2014 time by 11 seconds.
This Olympian has taken girl power to a whole new level, even in her decision to wear flowers in her hair to symbolize women’s strength.
“The flower to me means strength with femininity,” she said, according to 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.”
Montaño also seems to be already instilling her message of female empowerment into her toddler daughter, who waited for her at the finish line wearing a T-shirt that read, “STRONG LIKE MOM.”
After posting photos from the race on Instagram, Montaño received an outpouring of support from her followers for being such an inspiration. The pictures of her running with her protruding belly motivated many to silence their own excuses and get active, including other moms to be.
“Oh my goodness I love it! Congrats on both your second pregnancy and your race!” wrote Instagram user running_mommy. “I was lying on my bed after I awoke from a nap and contemplating just skipping my run today (because I'm 25-weeks pregnant, too!) but now I'm lacing up and getting ready to explore more of France thanks to your inspiration! So thank you, too!”
Montaño isn't just an inspiration to women, but to anyone who has ever held themselves back from doing something they loved simply because they thought they couldn't.
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