British ultra-runner Sophie Power is getting mad props after photos surfaced from her recent attempt at the massive Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB). She completed the impressive 43-hour, 33-minute marathon through France, Italy and Switzerland, all while making sure her baby was fed. How so?
Multiple times throughout the 107-mile "ultra-marathon," Power stopped to pump breastmilk for her baby Cormac, even breastfeeding him at the same time as pumping at one point. “Cormac usually feeds every 3 hours and it took me 16 to get to Courmayeur where he could first meet me, so I was hand expressing everywhere I could en route,” she explains.
How’d she do it? She enlisted her husband to meet her at different rest stops along the way so she could pump some milk for him to give to the baby or sit down and breastfeed him. Check out a photo below of Power and her two young children crossing the finish line.
For an ultra-runner like Power, the UTMB is a “bucket list” event… and they don’t just let anybody in. After finally securing a place in the marathon after multiple tries, she was hellbent on making sure she could go through with it even though she had recently had a baby. “I made sure I was not doing any long-term damage, which was my priority, and in fact the focus on the race definitely helped me recover quicker,” she adds.
Source: Runner’s World
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A week ago I was at the top of Flegere about to run down the mountain into Chamonix and finish UTMB. I'd had 20 minutes sleep over 2 nights - my body was tired and I was hallucinating. What kept me going was how excited I knew Donnacha was about running with me to the finish. He'd done his race earlier in the week and had waited so patiently for 2 days to help me on mine. This captures the picture in my mind so beautifully. I did have to tell him to slow down though! #utmb #runnersworld #ultrarunning