On Wednesday night, a British ultramarathon runner became the first woman to win a 268-mile race along England’s mountaintops, crushing the course record by 12 hours. PLUS, she won the race while stopping along the course to pump breast milk for her baby.
According to race officials, Jasmin Paris finished the Montane Spine Race along England’s Pennine Way in 83 hours, 12 minutes, and 23 seconds, which compared to the second-place runner, she was 10 miles ahead. Paris is a 35-year-old animal veterinarian from Edinburgh, Scotland. Talking to BBC she revealed that although she had enough frozen milk for her baby daughter, she needed to pump at checkpoints to prevent mastitis, inflammation of breast tissue, Paris explained:
I had thought I would have stopped breastfeeding by this point and tried when Rowan was 1, but over Christmas, she got two viruses and I had to go back to feeding her multiple times throughout the night to soothe her.
In a blog posted on January 5, she talked about the difficulties of returning to competitive running after giving birth, due to lack of time to train, little sleep, and some injuries. She wrote:
I found it harder and harder to leave my bed for the cold darkness outside, and realized that I needed a new focus.
Thus, to bring back her motivation, she joined the Spine Race, a competition considered one of the most grueling in the world due to the challenging nature of the course, which ascends and descends more than 43,000 feet over the 268-mile trail. During the marathon, Paris said:
Everything is starting to hurt now but it’s not that far anymore. Once I get to the finish, I’ll have my little girl there.
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When she reached the finish line, she felt relieved to finish the race, before telling a group of supporters:
That was hard.
When she met her daughter, she added for BBC:
She was very bemused to see me on the finish line and has been very clingy today as if she is thinking I might go away again.
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