I started reading this book as part of the Runner Beans Book Club but only just finished it due to misplacing it for several months in a very safe place. You know the kind of safe place I am talking about? The one that you can not find because it’s a so safe it becomes invisible.
“This Mum Runs” is an autobiography of British elite runner Jo Pavey, who has been competing for near on thirty years – thats dedication. The book delves into her struggles with injury and being unable to achieve a medal during the doping crisis which caused her to be overlooked for many years.
However the book isn’t all doom and gloom because in 2014 Jo Pavey broke her spell of bad luck when she won gold in the European championships 10,000m. Even though this is an achievement in itself, what made Jo stand out from the crowd was her age – she was 40! Jo, mum of two, shot to fame and became an idol for all mother runners in the UK and the rest is history.
This book takes you on a rollercoaster journey but ultimately inspires you to look on the bright side of life and reach for your goals. Jo didn’t expect to win gold at the European championships just short of 10 month post-partum, but she did, so why cant you? Her approach to training leaves you with no room for excuses anymore; it isn’t glamorous or fancy, its just one mum getting shit done no matter what life throws at her.
If you are struggling with running, or just love a good book be sure to pick this up from Amazon. The realistic and down to earth approach to training will shock you.