Pregnancy is a time most women take it easy and relax, but one expecting mother stunned bystanders at a track meet when she ran a mile (1.6 kilometres) in 5 minutes.
30-year-old Makenna Myler is a professional middle-distance runner and is 9 months pregnant. The runner kept up her training routine during her first pregnancy in 2020 and ran a mile in 5 minutes and 25 seconds. Myler took up the challenge after she made a bet with her husband that she could run a mile in under 8 minutes.
Myler not only won the bet, but she also exceeded the average mile time for a woman, which is 10 minutes according to Runners World. The runner went viral for her achievement and in February 2023, Myler took up the challenge once again. This year, she ran a mile in 5 minutes and 17 seconds, beating her time by 8 seconds.
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Pregnant Woman Runs Mile
The runner took to Instagram and shared clips of her running on the track. In the caption, she wrote that last time there were several comments asking “How worthless and lazy am I?”. Myler responded that it was not a comparison and that a “healthy, happy pregnancy” should be the only goal.
Makenna Myler also spoke about how she believed it was common to train during pregnancy and later learned that a lot of people think it isn’t normal. She said that genetic factors also played a major role as some runners she knew got pregnant and their pelvis “couldn’t take running”.
Myler added that many people asked her how she was able to run a mile in 5 minutes while 9 months pregnant. She revealed that it was important to “fortify” your body before getting pregnant. As a professional runner, she was running before the pregnancy, which is why she was able to train despite being 9-months pregnant.
She added that the most important thing was to listen to your body and only do what you’re capable of. “A healthy pregnancy is the most important thing” said Myler.
Myler runs for Asics and mainly completes in 5-kilometre and 10-kilometre races. During her training regime, she completed runs twice a day and trained six days a week.