Speaking after winning the the first gold medal of her illustrious career, Jo Pavey said at the beginning of the year she didn't know if she would even be able to qualify for the European Championships in Zurich.
The 40-year-old ended up taking gold in the women's 10,000 metre final.
Jo Pavey has told ITV News she has no plans to retire just yet after becoming the oldest ever female European athletics champion at the age of 40.
The British mother-of-two won gold in the women's 10,000 metres at the European championships in Zurich on Tuesday night, just 10 days after she claimed bronze at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
But Pavey, who is due to compete again in the 5,000 metres, told ITV News' Sasha Williams she intends to "keep going".
"I want to keep going. At the start of the year I thought how long much longer can I go on, but I've been pleasantly surprised that I've still been able to be competitive so I've definitely got no thoughts of retiring yet."
Forty-year-old Jo Pavey says she thought the 10,000 metres might be the wrong event for here, finding it quite a long way. But the mother of two proved herself wrong to become the oldest ever female European champion, after a stunning victory for Great Britain.
It comes just 10 days after the four-time Olympian claimed won bronze in the 5,000m at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The athlete's winning performance was one better than her last appearance at the 2012 European Championships when she took a silver medal from Helsinki.
I can't believe it. I am just thrilled.
I was finding it quite a long way, I thought it was the wrong event at one point.
It was really emotional to have my daughter Emily watch me for the first time, we thought she might be scared, but decided to gamble it.
To try for so many years and to finally do it at the age of 40 is funny really. I should have learned how it do it by now.
Exeter Harrier runner Jo Pavey came in seventh in tonight's 5,000 metre final at the Olympic Stadium. She and her team-mate Julia Bleasdale, who finished eighth, were setting the pace with just five laps to go but then dropped down the field. Ethiopia's Meseret Defar claimed gold.