An ultra runner, Sophie Power, has been captured breastfeeding her young son in the middle of a 106-mile (171km) endurance race. Sophie, from Londo
An ultra runner, Sophie Power, has been captured breastfeeding her young son in the middle of a 106-mile (171km) endurance race.
Sophie, from London, was running the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, which spans the Alps in Switzerland and France, but with her three-month-old son it presented different challenges to her usual races.
Ms Power had to stop at every aid station along the route, where her husband would meet her with a breast pump so she could express, and ferry the milk back to baby Cormac.
She said: “I was in agony. Cormac usually feeds every three 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.
“I was so relieved he was hungry.”
A regular competitor in endurance events, Ms Power stopped running when she was five months pregnant but carried on with other exercise to ensure she kept her fitness levels up.
She said: “I couldn’t raise my heart rate too much as my body isn’t primed to burn fat and I couldn’t fully run down hills to protect my pelvis.
“In a typical race I would get in and out of the aid stations as quickly as possible but here I had to focus on keeping down enough food for me and for Cormac, and resting.
“During pregnancy, it felt like all the advice was to put your feet up and get fat, as anything else was taking a risk.
“This is not the best way to prepare for motherhood – staying fit, healthy and strong is so important and how you can safely do that needs to be talked about more.”
Ms Power kept up her cardio levels by using stair climbers, and strength trained, even continuing to do pull-ups and dips a month before her due date.
At the end of the race, she tweeted: “107 miles done. Took a while but reckon I was still fastest mum of a 3 month old baby. And possibly the only runner on the supply side at aid stations.”
She later tweeted: “It was the most complicated race I’ll ever likely do but running to the finish line with both my boys is something I’ll never forget.”
Ms Power tracked the Mont Blanc run on Strava, which recorded that she beat the challenge in 43 hours and burned more than 15,000 calories.