Warrior Mom Runs Ironman Triathlon While Pumping, Breaks Personal Record
Mothers will never cease to amaze us.
The latest mom to take our breath away is Jaime Sloan, an active duty Air Force Airman who single-handedly proved there is nothing a mother can’t do. The mom of two participated in the Ironman 70.3 triathlon in October, where she also managed to pump breast milk to feed her 7-month-old son, Fox News reports. Oh, and she completed the race beating her own personal record. No big deal.
Sloan’s original plan was to use one of the rest stops to pump, but after completing the 56-mile cycling portion of the race, the mom realized she was on track to make a personal best time. So she made an in-the-moment decision.
“By the time I got off the bike I knew I needed to pump,” Sloan tells Kennedy News & Media. “But I was also looking at a personal record because I had had a really awesome bike ride. I just thought, ‘I’m going to do it on my run.’”
With her CamelBak hand pump at the ready, the mom was prepared to face the elements, PEOPLE reports. “At first it was a struggle because I was trying to get the milk flowing,” she recounts. “It takes a little bit of work with the hand pump, and my legs were very tired. But once I got it going, I was able to run, even though I was going really slowly.”
In the end, Sloan finished the race in six hours and 12 minutes. She hopes other mothers will hear about her story and know there is nothing they can’t do.
“I hope that it can encourage other women and mothers, and really anyone who has a lot going on in their lives,” she tells Fox News. “There’s always a way that you can make it happen, you might have to get a little creative from time to time.”
Another mom recently showed her incredible strength when she ran the 100-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) marathon, stopping along the way to breastfeed her baby.