Pregnant Woman Runs Mile Just Days Before Delivery
A pregnant woman defied critics a month before her due date by running a super-fast mile.
Makenna Myler, 30, maintained her training routine as a middle-distance professional runner with her forthcoming second child.
The athlete did the same in 2020 when she was pregnant with her first child. When she ran the mile this time, she beat her previous time by 8 seconds, clocking in at 5 minutes and 17 seconds.
Though no evidence suggests exercise during pregnancy is dangerous, the 30-year-old got significant online trolling.
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Is It Safe to Exercise During Pregnancy?
Contrary to most opinions, exercise during pregnancy helps improve the process. People reacted to her shared, inspiring running victories in both pregnancies. It wasn’t conventional to see a pregnant woman work out so hard.
“I believe it was quite normal to train during pregnancy, but there happened to be many people who think it’s not common,” she explained.
“Sometimes it is genetics. I know some outstanding athletes who got pregnant, and their pelvis just couldn’t let them run,” she continued.
“I had people asking how I could do so while nine months pregnant when they can’t even get off the sofa.”
“Much of it depends on how you fortify your body before pregnancy. Before pregnancy, I was running, and that helped me.”
“There were days I tried to run while pregnant, and it wasn’t happening. So, you don’t always win. But you keep pushing.”
“At the end of the day, it’s necessary to listen to your body and do what you’re capable of because the most important thing is a healthy pregnancy,” added the soon-to-be-mother-of-two from Orange County, California.
How Did It Start?
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Makenna competes for Asics in 5 km and 10 km races when she isn’t pregnant. Her routine training can get up to 6 days a week.
During her first pregnancy in 2020, the idea came from a conversation with her husband, Michael. He asked how quickly she could run a mile.
“It started as a joke at first. We thought it was funny, but it went viral,” Makenna said. She wondered if she could finish in less than 8 minutes.
“The responses weren’t totally positive. Many people told me I wasn’t supposed to be exercising so hard,” she said. But she handled it well, thanks to her already superb fitness level.
On breaking her previous record, she said: “For me, it’s not about proving people wrong, but questioning the reality of what you can do.”
“I’m a huge believer in listening to your ‘internal governor’ — that voice inside your head that reminds you to stop when needed.
But you can push it a little at first.” “When you listen to that voice, you don’t do anything that will endanger you.”
Makenna didn’t mention if it would be a thing for all of her pregnancies or any plans to have more children.
It shows that pregnant women can consider workouts but must know the limit to avoid complications. Yoga and taking walks have also proven beneficial to pregnant women.
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