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Not Even Being 7 Months Pregnant Can Stop This Olympic Triathlete From Running

posted: 05/12/17
by: MIkayla Baiocchi
Gwen Jorgensen
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Meet Olympic triathlete Gwen Jorgensen: seven months pregnant and running 100 miles a week.

In fact, she is running more miles now than she was while training for the Olympics.

"I did three weeks where I did 100 miles a week," Jorgensen told PEOPLE, "which is more than double what I was doing when I was training."

In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Jorgensen became the first United States woman to ever win gold in the triathlon. This event is made up of three portions--a swim, cycle and run--so naturally, the triathlete incorporates all into her pregnancy exercise routine. She mixes running with "easy" swimming, bike rides and gym sessions.

"The first trimester I actually wasn't doing much because I was so tired and exhausted," she told PEOPLE, "so I would work out once a day instead of [my usual] three times a day. After I started feeling better and having a little more energy, I'm back to two workouts a day. I'm doing a lot of running right now because that's when I feel best."

The athlete isn't training for anything right now; she is just trying to stay "relatively fit," she said. She wants to stay active for both her physical and mental health.

"It's very healthy for the baby and the mom to stay active," she said to PEOPLE. "There's less risk of diabetes and things like that if you stay healthy and active, so that's definitely a huge reason, but it also keeps me mentally happy."

In fact, she hopes to keep running throughout the rest of her pregnancy.

"I'd love to be able to run the day I give birth!" she said to PEOPLE.