60 SECONDS WITH... SOPHIE POWER
Sophie completed UTMB, three months after giving birth, while breastfeeding baby Cormac at aid stations.
Did you ever consider not doing UTMB this year? Absolutely. There were a huge number of things that had to fall into place for it to work. The main goal was just to go through the first night and see what happened. I’d lost my place in 2014 for pregnancy and didn’t want to give up the opportunity to at least experience the start line.
How did you train for the race? I stopped running at five months pregnant, but trained on the Stairmill and kept weight training until 38 weeks. I had an easy delivery, so was back in the gym 10 days after, focusing on hiking and strength. My coach Edwina Sutton put together a plan that got me to the start line safely in the best shape I could be in. I only started running a few weeks before.
Your story made the mainstream media – how’s that been? Completely overwhelming! But the real story isn’t about me and running UTMB. It’s about the importance of fitness in pregnancy, the need for new mothers to have support in taking time for themselves for their mental as well as physical health, and also highlighting the juggling that mums do as part of daily life. I’ve had so many messages from other ultramums who have also fed around races – we all just think it’s normal.