After 430 kilometers going up and down mounts, 13,000 meters of positive slope, more than 80 hours running, walking at times, it is not unusual to suffer hallucinations. It happened on Wednesday to the British Jasmin Paris: "I saw animals coming out of the rocks, and I forgot what I was doing, so every little time I had to ask myself: what am I doing here? Then I remembered that I was walking the Penine Way route. " Until he crossed the finish line of the Montane Spine Race, one of the hardest ultra distance races in the world. He did it first, ahead of men and women, and they immediately gave him a baby. It was not another hallucination. It was his daughter Rowan, 14 months.
During the test, he had it very present. Paris continues to breastfeed, so she needed to use the checkpoints to stop to express herself. He had planned to stop breastfeeding during Christmas, but there was an unexpected: "Rowan suffered two viral infections in a row and for five days refused to eat anything that was not breast milk," Paris said the previous week in his blog, where he told his plan of using a breast pump during the test.
Beyond the technical complications of the operation, breastfeeding is an extra daily cost of about 750 calories. "That's equivalent to between 40 and 60 minutes of average aerobic work," explains sports physician Manuel Rodríguez; "There are not many studies, because it is not common to find high level athletes who maintain breastfeeding, but in some cases it can mean up to 10% more effort. There is also an increase in the production of hormones, progesterone and estrogen, to facilitate the production of milk, but that is what has to be given through breastfeeding to the baby. "
With these factors in dance, in the rain in some sections, in snow in others, with a thermal sensation of up to 20 degrees below zero, Paris left last Sunday at eight o'clock in the morning of Edale, between Manchester and Sheffield, and when the Wednesday at seven in the afternoon crossed the finish line, had lowered the record in more than 12 hours. He left it in 83 hours 12 minutes and 23 seconds. In those almost four days he slept barely two and a half hours, divided into several stops.
The tactic in the management of the dream is decisive in the Spine, which does not fix moments for all the participants to sleep. Everyone should choose if they stop to sleep and how much. Paris opened the first significant gap with the Spaniard Eugeni Roselló Solé, winner in 2013, when after almost 200 kilometers he stopped to go to bed. She decided to continue.
In some way, motherhood has provided some training in the extreme management of sleep. "Training became an act of juggling over time with the baby. To reconcile them, I began to train at five in the morning before going to work while my family stayed comfortably in bed, but it was not easy, especially after a night of broken sleep (our offspring is not one that sleeps all the night)".
Paris, a 35-year-old researcher at the University of Edinburgh, has been running since Veterinary in 2008 and little can stop her. "I had a good pregnancy, I could keep running until the day my daughter was born," she says. The day after giving birth, she left with her husband, Konrad Rawlik, also a runner, and with the baby to walk in the countryside. Two weeks later I was jogging. At six months he was running carrying the baby in a backpack. In October he won the British high mountain racing championship. But I needed a challenge. "Every time it cost me more to change the bed because of the cold outside darkness. So I did something crazy and signed up for a race that I had sworn I would never play, "he recalls. But he was in it less than anyone.
Roselló had to be rescued 6 kilometers from the end, delirious and with hypothermia. The last one to finish, Colin Green, did it yesterday with a time of 166 hours and a half, twice as much as her.