What a week it’s been for photos going viral that depict supermom’s flaunting their parenting prowess. The latest woman to capture the internet’s attention with a positively mind-bending photo is new mom and distance runner Anna Young of Utah. Young was photographed running a half marathon — that’s 13.1 miles — last Saturday and, mid-stride, somehow finding the capacity to pump breastmilk so she could feed her 5-month-old daughter later and also not suffer the effects of engorgement. Young was 8 miles into the race at the time the photo was snapped.
Afterwards, she posted the photo on Facebook with a message that read, “Yesterday I ran a half marathon at five months postpartum. I had to leave at 4:30am and the race started at 6:45am. I nursed my daughter before I left my house, pumped after running the first 8 miles and nursed her after I made it past the finish line. This group and Le leche league motivated me to find a way to run my race and take care of my daughter.’
Naturally, the photo was a hit with social media users. Parenting website Babble got in touch with Young to discuss the viral image. Young said she was taken aback by the huge response. “I’m grateful that the response has been so positive because I never imagined the momentum that people would see and share it,” she said, adding, “I hope I’ve helped encourage other mothers that we really can accomplish just about anything while we care for our children.” Young also explained how she trained for the race, given that she’s only five months postpartum and why she was determined to run the race at all.
We salute you, Anna!
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