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Badass Mother Runner: First Woman to Win Ultra was Pumping Along the Way

by | January 22, 2019

Badass mother runner Jasmin Paris has become the first woman ever to win a grueling 268-mile ultra marathon on England’s mountaintops. Not only did she win, Jasmin beat the course record by twelve hours, and also managed to stop and pump breastmilk along the way.

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Badass Mother Runner: First Woman to Win Ultra was Pumping Along the Way

Jasmin finished the Montane Spine Race along England’s Pennine Way in eighty-three hours, twelve minutes, and twenty-three seconds, almost ten miles ahead of the second-place runner.

Jasmin is my new hero. She’s a total badass mother runner! The thirty-five-year-old mother is a veterinarian from Edinburgh, Scotland. Jasmin said she had to stop at checkpoints during the race and pump to prevent mastitis and inflammation.

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The badass mother runner didn’t expect to be still nursing her thirteen-month-old daughter Rowan, she tried to wean her before Christmas but she got two viruses, and Jasmin said she had to start breastfeeding again to comfort her.

On her blog, Paris talked about how difficult it was to return to competitive running after giving birth to her daughter — explaining how she struggled to find time to train and how the lack of sleep really affected her.

She signed up for the Montane Spine Race as motivation even though she’d previously sworn that she’d never run it. The race is notoriously difficult with an elevation of more than 43,000 feet. Paris said that everything started to hurt during the race, but the thoughts of seeing her daughter at the finish line was her motivation.

As a runner myself, I completely understand how hard it can be to get back into it after having a baby. It’s exhausting being a new mother, and breastfeeding takes a lot out of you. I signed up for a 5k race to motivate myself and even training for that short distance was hard. Trying to find the time and energy to go out for short two and three-mile runs was nearly impossible. I cannot imagine training for a 268-mile race. Well done Jasmin for getting it done and absolutely crushing it!

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