RMA is home to many Australian athletes and some of those come in the form of high profile runners, such as Jana Pitman who joined our network early this year. We are thankful for the advice, friendship and inspiration that she gives to other women in our network regarding running and motherhood. Jana kindly offered to give us an insight into her career, her passion for running and what it’s like to juggle motherhood at the same time on her road to the Rio Olympics next year.
What is your favourite distance and event to race?
With two world titles and four commonwealth games titles, are you able to pick out what your greatest running achievement to is to date and why?
How do you train? What kind of training did you do when you were at the peak of your career and what does that look like now?
You are mother to a gorgeous little boy and a little girl now, how do you manage to train, race and travel and still be a mum at the same time? Is there any advice that you can give to other mums out there that want to get the most out of their training?, and is it still possible to set goals and reach them when doing it all?
Would you want your children to be runners when they grow up?
Do you run with a club?
You have a great relationship with your mum. What have you learned since becoming a mum about motherhood and what advice would you give to mothers to be?
How did you adjust to being a mum after being such a high profile athlete? Did you find it hard? What challenges did you face and what did you love most about entering motherhood?
When not competing in high level competition, do you have a favourite event that you like to do and what keeps you going back?
Why do you think women are drawn to running, and mums in particular? What is it about running that you love?
Have there been any obstacles/challenges in your running career? How do you deal with the highs and lows of running and also being an athlete in the spotlight.?
There had been talk in the media about your running when pregnant, what advice to you have to mums out there that still want to run?
As a track racer, have you ever considered longer distance events? If so, what distance? What is the furthest distance that you have ever run, either competitive or non-competitive?
As well as being a busy mum, runner, and public speaker, you also are studying as a medical student have jut welcomed your second child. How do you manage training amongst this hectic schedule and what made you want to be a doctor?
I love being part of a big community of supportive, healthy mums. I also love spotting the shirt and logo out and about (often at the track) and feeling part of something big. I have the alert on my FB so I can follow the many posts online and often get inspired by someones story, a few times its had me in tears too, when someone openly shares a challenge they are going through. I have made friends with some ladies and been reached out and touched by others through their kind words. Its awesome 🙂