"It's a good exercise to run during pregnancy."
In an inspiring incident on December 20, 2020, an Indian mother-to-be completed a 10km run in Banglore while five months pregnant.
Ankita Gaur completed the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2020 race in just 62 minutes.
The World 10K Bengaluru is an annual 10km road running competition which was first held in 2008.
The World Athletics Gold Label Road Race is being held from December 20 to 27, 2020, via the TCSW10K App.
Ankita, who has been running regularly for the past 9 years, feels that running is like breathing as it comes naturally to her. She says:
“This is something I have been doing for the past nine years, almost every day.
“You know, you wake up and go out for a run. Of course, there are times when you are injured or unwell, you have to take a step back.
“Otherwise, I have been running regularly for nine years, so this is something which is like breathing for me. It comes to me very naturally.”
Speaking on participating in the race while pregnant Ankita added:
“Apparently, running is actually very safe. It’s a good exercise to run during pregnancy.
“Also, if you look at the American Council of Health, it is recommended that if you are a runner, it’s absolutely okay.
“In fact, they recommend you to run. It is very good for the development of the baby, so of course, I wanted to go.”
Ankita alleged her gynaecologist had given her the go-ahead to participate in the TCS World 10K Bengaluru this year.
An engineer by profession, Ankita Gaur has been running TCS World 10K since 2013.
She has also participated in over five-six international marathons such as Berlin (three times), Boston, and New York.
Speaking on completing this year’s race through the TCSW10K App, Ankita says:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the app-enabled race too.
“It was very user friendly, once you started the app, it calculated the elapsed time and showed you that as a result.
“Like how it happens in a real race.”
On being asked how she prepared for this year’s event, Ankita said:
“I have been doing easy running regularly for like 5-8 km, very slowly.
“I run and walk while taking breaks because obviously, now I am five months pregnant, so my body is very different compared to what it was.
“Earlier I won medals in TCS 10K, but this time I couldn’t as I had to take breaks and walk.”