Ayesha’s Tough Mudder Story

I got down on my knees, closed my eyes and inhaled what only seemed like a life-size tub of Vicks Vapo-Rub. Never in my life had I ever screamed so much profanity as I wriggled my way through the tightest and muddiest of tunnels. I tried so hard to keep my mouth shut and hold my breath, ‘anything’ I thought, to keep the immense amount of menthol vapour that was blasted in my face from winning over me.  And that, was just one of twenty-nine staggering obstacles I overcame during my Tough Mudder experience.

I’m one of those ‘on and off’ types when it comes to hitting the gym. My twenty pounds a month subscription doesn’t often show much return, but I refuse to give it up – I need it to keep me going emotionally. When I’m there, I’m good. I feel strong. I feel empowered.

I was working in Corporate Communications for a company that went on to sponsor Mini Mudder, the kids’ version of Tough Mudder in the Summer of 2015. My colleague managed to secure free tickets (normally up to £90) for a set number of us to take part. When I was initially asked if I wanted volunteer I laughed and said ‘yeah sure’ without even thinking about it. Then came the day that I discovered my name was down on the official list. ‘Crap’, I thought, ‘I’m not fit enough for this!’ But anyone who knows me well enough knows two things about me; I’m always up for a crazy challenge and I love defying the stereotype of a Muslim woman. And I was the only Muslim here, I had to do this for my women. Continue reading “Ayesha’s Tough Mudder Story”

No different from the next runner

Nice article on the ParkRun website: 22-year-old university student Namrah Shahid had never run before taking part in Woodhouse Moor parkrun for the first time last April. By her own admission she was instantly hooked, and Namrah is now working with Leeds University to encourage other female Muslims to take part in physical activity by breaking down some of the barriers that stand in their … Continue reading No different from the next runner

Tough Mudder Half for Islamic Relief

Alrighty, get ready to take part in one of the toughest challenges on the planet. One of Islamic Relief‘s latest fundraising challenges is Tough Mudder Half, a 5 mile mud run designed to drag you out of your comfort zone with a test of physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With the help of your fellow Mudders, you’ll overcome mud-drenched obstacles and adrenaline-pumping challenges. And you’ll do it all … Continue reading Tough Mudder Half for Islamic Relief

Ayesha’s Cycle Challenge

A poetic summary of reflections on my Andalusia Cycle Challenge 2016 for Islamic Relief’s Water4Life project:

 

Cycling through the plains of the stunning South of Spain

While desperately trying to distract myself from the pain

That led from my backside right down to my knees…

I inhaled the smell of a thousand olive trees

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Why you need to race in a mud run (and how to survive it)

Originally posted on A Busy Mom's Guide to Being Awesome-ish:
While I definitely consider myself to be fairly fit, I am by no means a runner.? I have always loved the idea of running, so back about 6 years ago, after I had my first child, I took up jogging.? It made sense, given that it is tough to find activities you can do… Continue reading Why you need to race in a mud run (and how to survive it)

5k Run for Somalia – Drought Appeal

Please support runners Suada Mohamoud, Hodo Eid, Faiza Ali, Nasrin Warsame and Kaltun Fadal, who will be running 5km on April 22nd in Hyde Park, London to raise money for Somali Faces, an organisation based in Somalia helping families to access vital services. Somalia has been one of the worst-affected countries hit by the drought currently affecting various parts of East Africa. Please visit their Go Fund Me … Continue reading 5k Run for Somalia – Drought Appeal

8 Fitness Tips That Are Actually Doable

Originally posted on Spill The Chai:
Everyone has a different method in pursuing a healthier lifestyle. With the sudden influx of fad diets, magical weight-loss/“skinny” teas, and questionable “body goals” for both women and men, it can be easy to feel consumed and victim to it all. Often times we see images of people that are most likely edited a certain way, and we get… Continue reading 8 Fitness Tips That Are Actually Doable

Trial and tribulations

Luton Islamic Centre, located in the heart of Bury Park, is a hive of activity. Daily there are study classes open to men and women. On Saturday nights volunteers from the mosque serve soup to the homeless on Luton’s streets. The prayer hall, meanwhile, regularly overflows with aid supplies, ready to be dispatched to the desperate and destitute in war-torn Syria. And while many other mosques turn women away at the front door, this one welcomes them, inviting them to participate in the religious life of the community. Continue reading “Trial and tribulations”

San Francisco Mudlims

On Saturday 1 October 2016, twelve adventurous Muslims from the San Francisco area took part in the brilliant Muckfest fun run to help raise funds for the MS Society’s. Running as a team calling itself the SF Mudlims, they took on a light-hearted 5K obstacle course. Set up to allow participants to have a good friends, the Muckfest mud run is not super challenging: no suffering or pretence of toughness here. … Continue reading San Francisco Mudlims

Run the Royal Parks Half Marathon for SKT Welfare

Let’s dust off those running shoes, prepare for a whistle-stop tour of London’s most beautiful parks and help raise funds to support the fantastic work of the humanitarian charity, SKT Welfare. On Sunday 9 October 2016, thousands of runners will take on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, which starts and finishes in Hyde Park. The 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed … Continue reading Run the Royal Parks Half Marathon for SKT Welfare