When you gotta pump, you gotta pump—and for one mom that meant pumping while running an an Ironman 70.3 race. This story is incredible no matter how you look at it!

Mom of two and a 34-year-old active duty Air Force Airman, Jaime Sloan, not only completed a recent Ironman 70.3, but she did it in record time…and managed to pump breast milk while running the race! Initially, Sloan had planned to pump during a brief break, but after completing the cycling portion she realized she was on track to complete the race with a personal best record so she decided to keep going and pump mid-run.

“By the time I got off the bike I knew I needed to pump,” Sloan, who has also completed two 140.6-mile Ironman races, told 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.’”

Sloan had trained for the possibility of needing to pump on the run, but was concerned about how it would play out in real life because of the Ironman 70.3’s no nudity policy. She managed to cover up with a cloth, however, and many didn’t even notice.

“For the most part I don’t know if people even noticed, I did get some looks from women but they were just big smiles,” Sloan said. “There were actually two men who ran up to me and asked if I was OK. I think it was because I had a cloth over myself, and at first it might have looked like I was bleeding. But once they looked down and saw my pump they were like ‘Oh, OK!’”

In the end Sloan was proud to have completed the race in 6 hours, 12 minutes and 44 seconds. “I hope that it can encourage other women and mothers and really anyone who has a lot going on in their lives,” she said. “There’s always a way that you can make it happen, you might have to get a little creative from time to time. No matter what, if someone believes they can do something, they can make it happen because it is possible.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Quino Al via Unsplash

 

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