Eat & Run: Mom on the Run

Laura Vaughan, who set a women’s record at the Hardrock in 1997, the only year she ran it, also was the first person to finish the Wasatch Front 100 [mile race] for ten consecutive years and the first woman to break 24 hours. That makes her fast. What makes her tough, though—what makes her a bona fide Hardrocker— is that in 1996, nine weeks after giving birth to a son, she ran the Wasatch and breastfed her baby at the aid stations. Her ten-year ring from the event is engraved “Lactating Laura.”

—Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman, Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

I guess that’s one way to lose the baby fat!

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4 comments on “Eat & Run: Mom on the Run

  1. Stefanie says:

    Oh my gosh, that’s just crazy! I wonder if she’s had a psych eval lately? Of course I think running of any kind is crazy unless it is for a practical purpose like catching the bus or racing from the car to the house because it is far below freezing with a bitter cold wind screaming down the street. 🙂

    • Sylvia says:

      Heh. I think they do it precisely because of the mind-altering effects of pushing their bodies to and beyond the point of endurance. Apparently it is quite usual to start hallucinating towards the ends of these races. It’s a trip in more ways than one!

      You know there’s this magical warm place called California, perhaps you’ve heard of it… 😉

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