These fast women are on their way to the U.S. Olympic Trials track championships, and they all have young children in tow. While most of us will never experience the thrill of running at such a high level, pregnancy, childbirth and the busy daily schedule of being a mom and a runner are infinitely more relatable. Combining the two is hard to fathom, but it’s doable, and, as middle-distance runner Alysia Montaño said in a recent interview, “you have to work hard for what’s important to you.”
The ladies in this gallery, and many more, are showing what it means to be a working mom as a professional runner with Olympic aspirations. The U.S. Olympic Trials will be held July 1-10 in Eugene, Ore., and the top three finishers in each event will earn a spot on the U.S. team competing at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.