Breast-feeding mom doesn't let half-marathon slow her down

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A photo of a mother using a breast pump during a half-marathon is going viral. (KTRK)

A runner wouldn't let a half-marathon get in the way of making sure her child was fed. She pulled out a breast pump and went to work during the race.

"I was really nervous, and I felt really embarrassed because I was running with kind of a camel back and I had a pump in it," mom Anna Young told KSTU.

A photo captured Young at Mile 8 on the course of the Revel Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon last Saturday.

"I kind of stopped and there weren't a lot of people around me, so I pulled the pump out and kept walking and pumped while I was going," Young said.

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When she became a mom, Young knew she'd get good at multitasking. For five minutes, she proved she had mastered the art. Young was pumping and running.

"I decided to keep walking and moving with the flow, and more and more people started passing me. I wasn't sure anyone could tell what I was doing because they were coming from behind," she said.

Young says at least one fellow runner cheered her on.

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"I had one lady turn around and kind of look at me and say 'way to go, good job' because she knew exactly what I was doing," she said.
After pumping, Young took off at full speed, completing the 13.2 miles. She crossed the finish line to find her baby. Little did Young know, thousands would continue to cheer her on after she posted her story to Facebook.

"Whether I run fast or slow, I'm going to have a good story and I never realized it would turn into such a big story so many people would share and take a part of," she said.

Young says she shared her story because she wants to encourage other moms.

"For me, it's an accomplishment. We are still breast-feeding because there was a point I didn't think we would be able to or we had just to give up," she explained.

Her hope is to empower moms to not be afraid to nurse in public.

"I guess my message behind it is, you can still do the things you love after you're a mother, and you can still breast-feed your children, and you can do these things you're passionate about."
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