After securing a bronze medal in an enthralling finish at the Commonwealth Games over 5000m, Jo Pavey hopes she can prove to be a source of inspiration for mums looking to get fit. Pavey’s performance at Hampden is all the more impressive considering the fact that it comes just 10 months after she gave birth to her second child.
Leading up to the Games, the 40-year-old had shown consistent improvement, taking first place at the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs in May, followed up by another victory at the BMC Grand Prix in Watford one week later.
Friday’s bronze medal winning performance is perhaps the most impressive of the year, however, with Pavey breaking the Kenyan stronghold to finish in 15:08.96, fractionally behind Janet Kisa (15:08.90) in second place.
Reflecting on the final lap, Pavey said: "I made myself think that the Kenyans weren't unbeatable and when I hit the bell I thought just ‘don’t regret this last lap. I wanted to push on at the bell but not blow up in the home straight. I gave it my all in the home straight, I was convinced they would come past me but I got a medal and I can't believe it.”
On combining motherhood and competing for England at the Commonwealth Games, Pavey commented: “The fact I've got two kids and my youngest is only ten months old feels almost comical to me. To be out there trying to race against the Kenyans and get a medal is like a dream – hopefully I can inspire some mums to get fit.”
Since the birth of her second child, the athlete said her training programme has changed entirely: "I haven’t been on any training camps, I was still breast-feeding at the start of April. Being a mum is my main thing now. It seems funny being out there – now changing nappies and doing meals means I don’t have a minute to relax."