Stairs Suicides

When I was little, my favorite activity in gym class went by the name of Suicides. It took place on a basketball court and involved running back and fourth from one line to… Continue reading

The Miles in Milestones

In the past six months, I wrote and defended my dissertation alhamdullillah. I studied the effect of volunteering on brain health and cognition in older adults, and found that volunteering improves executive functions.… Continue reading

Ramadan Snapshots

On the first day of Ramadan, I get hungry and thirsty. However, that’s not point of fasting. God does not need my hunger or my thirst. Rather, God gives Ramadan to those who… Continue reading

My Ideal Ramadan

“Two minutes left,” we hear, and right hands fly in the air, lifting the last of the day’s liquid to the lips. The gulping of water down throats becomes a familiar sound. Time.… Continue reading

Hijabi Athletic Style

Today, around mile 13 of a 30 mile bike ride, a cardboard sign caught my attention: “Local Strawberries For Sale.” Immediately, I pulled off the course and spent half of my emergency cash… Continue reading

Overcoming Technical Difficulties

First the “o” on my keyboard died. For weeks I used 0 instead, ending emails t0 friends with l0ve, and av0iding pr0fessi0nal transacti0ns because they w0uld have c0me acr0ss like s0. Then I… Continue reading

10 Ways to Love Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter* is one of those foods, like chocolate, dates, and honey, that while I am eating it, I am salivating in subhanAllah–praise be to God for such a creation. I love peanut… Continue reading

A Day in the Life of a Runner

A day in the life of a runner actually starts the day before. I set my alarm with the intention to rise with the sun. If the intention is true, the deed is… Continue reading

Counting Miles

I ran with the Hopkins Marathon Team on Tuesday and met many inspirational runners. One runner told me about how she started logging miles in 2011, and has accumulated over 7,000 miles. That… Continue reading

Public Health: Individual vs. Community

In “No Fries with That,” Desmond Flagg, a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tells his story about his journey “From fatty and fried to lean and green: How… Continue reading