Anyone who runs a 5:25 mile has my immediate admiration. But running that pace at nine months pregnant? Doesn't even sound possible, right? Makenna Myler is out here proving us wrong. The 28-year-old hit this incredible time nine months into her pregnancy, and once her husband uploaded video evidence of the feat to TikTok, the internet's mind was collectively blown.
What inspired Myler's accomplishment? Well, in an interview with BuzzFeed, she said it all started as a bet with her husband early in her pregnancy. She guessed she'd be able to run a seven-minute mile once she was further along, a casual pace for her before pregnancy. "To keep me motivated, he said he would give me $100 if I could break eight minutes doing the mile at nine months pregnant," she said. Needless to say, Myler knocked that goal out of the park.
Not that she went in unprepared. Myler said she's been running five or six times a week throughout her pregnancy, slowing her pace and cutting back on mileage while focusing on strength training "to make sure my pelvic shift and added weight didn't/doesn't cause any injury." Two doctors OK'd her intense running routine as long as she ate enough calories, which Myler said was "not a problem."
OK, but we're still trying to wrap our heads around it. A mile under six minutes? While nine months pregnant?! Mike Myler wondered whether this was a world record, and TBH, we're asking the same thing. Guinness World Records, please confirm?