A heavily pregnant woman has sparked a debate after challenging herself to run a mile in just five minutes.
30-year-old Makenna Myler is a professional mid-distance runner and a mother-to-be who is currently nine months pregnant and ready to pop.
Despite her condition, the young athlete chose to remain active throughout her pregnancy and went to push herself to run a mile in just five minutes and 25 seconds to see if she could do it.
Not only did Makenna finish the mile but she also broke her own record by 8 seconds.
“I thought it was quite common to train during pregnancy but there turned out to be a lot of people who think it’s not normal,” she says.
“Some of it has been genetic – I know some awesome runners who got pregnant and their pelvis just couldn’t take running. I had people asking how I could do that while nine months pregnant when they can barely get off the sofa.
“A lot of it has to do with how you fortify your body before getting pregnant – I was running before pregnancy too which helped me.”
The proud mama also hit back at her critics who accused her of putting her baby in danger with her rigorous exercise during pregnancy.
“For me, it’s not even about proving people wrong, but about questioning the reality of what you’re capable of.
I’m a big believer of listening to your ‘internal governor’ – the voice inside your head that tells you to stop when you need to – but you can push it a bit first.If you listen to that voice you won’t do anything that will endanger you,” she added.
“The people who are outright blatantly mean, they’re taking something out on me, but it has nothing to do with me. Sometimes it comes from a person who has doubts in themselves and compare themselves to what I’m doing.
“But the only person I’m comparing myself to is me, and trying to beat my own time. Everyone’s pregnancies are different, and I just look for ways to enjoy my own.”
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