Alysia Montaño: “That Pregnant Runner”

Jun 26, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Alysia Montano runs in a womens 800m heat while 34 months pregnant in the 2014 USA Championships at Hornet Stadium.

The chorus of accompanying opinion is all too familiar when female athletes announce their pregnancies. ‘Will she still have the ambition for it?’ ‘Is this the end of her career?’

Alysia Montaño answered these questions with a resounding ‘yes’ and ‘no’ respectively.

Seven-time U.S. 800m champion Alysia Montaño created one of the most viral moments of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships by completing the preliminary round of the 800m while five months pregnant.

The 31-year-old ran 2:21.4 for seventh place in heat 1; her time ranks 30th overall and she will not advance to the semi-final. Montaño has now twice competed at a USATF Outdoor Championships while pregnant. In 2014, she ran 2:32.13 in the prelims while eight months pregnant; a year later, she returned to the USATF 800m finals and won gold.

Click here to read more of Alysia’s empowering story (HT to Johanna Gretschel).

Just When The Caterpillar Thought The World Was Over It Became A Butterfly!


You know what you want.  You’ve prepared yourself, worked hard, cried and prayed, but nothing seems to turn out right.  You feel like you’ve come to the end of the road.  You feel defeated.

I’ve been there.  A lot of people have.  This is the part of your journey that requires you to have crazy faith.  The faith in knowing that universe will not cheat you out of your efforts.  Doors of opportunity will open…they have to!

I auditioned for my favorite game show, Wheel of Fortune, three times before being selected as a contestant.  Everything happens in its own divine time…when it’s supposed to happen and not a moment sooner.  Giving birth to our dreams and ideas is painful and time consuming, but we must hold on and be strong!

Happy Birthday: Crunches & Couture Has Turned A Year Old!

Me (Gemina) celebrating Crunches & Couture’s Year Old Birthday in a cute tee.

I like to write.  I started this blog as a creative outlet.  A way to hone my writing skills.  But writing about these illustrious women and their breakthroughs, Crunches & Couture has become so much more for me.

Through the stories of these women, I have found a new sense of being.  I want to be more, do more.  I want to make contributions to society and my life in ways I never have.  If Alysia Montano could compete in her second USA Track and Field Championship while eight months pregnant, what is standing in my way (no pun intended)?

It is my hope that any young girl or woman who comes across my blog will become the woman they need or needed…the role model they seek or has sought in others.

Happy birthday to us!