A Period for a Lady Runner in Ramadan

Islam exempts menstruating women from fasting in Ramadan. This rule makes sense—during a period, we are losing blood, and therefore ought not to refrain from food and water. So most women get about… Continue reading

The Ramadan Race

Sometimes Ramadan feels like one big race: the races of the morning: to finish eating prior to dawn, to nap before work, to get to work on time; the races with sunset deadlines:… Continue reading

A Case for Homemade Yogurt

A quart of yogurt at Safeway costs $4.00. A gallon of milk costs $4.00. Every other week, I ferment a gallon of milk into yogurt, yielding four quarts for the price of one.… Continue reading

How to Run in Ramadan

Today on my run, a father pointed at me and shouted “She’s jogging and fasting! Look!” His whole family stared as I struggled up the hill and smiled. I prefer the term running,… Continue reading

Fasting Promotes Brain Health

Confession: I skipped breakfast and lunch the day of my 8-hour comprehensive exams. In fact, I always fast or run before a big test, presentation, interview, or other monumental occasion.  I perform better… Continue reading

Hijab Keeps Me Cool on The Run

Contrary to popular opinion, wearing more helps me stay cool in the summer heat. Here are some ways in which the head cover (i.e. veil, hijab) keeps me cool and comfortable on the… Continue reading

The Pat Down

“Any last questions or concerns?” The female security guard asks before beginning the Pat Down. I request that she changes her gloves. On rare occasions when hunger meets unpreparedness, and I end up… Continue reading

Eating: The 1/3rd Rule

My favorite holiday, Ramadan, starts in less than 10 days. During this month, Muslims fast each day from dawn to sunset, fulfilling one of the five pillars of Islam. Ramadan physically and spiritually… Continue reading

The Lifecycle of a Runner’s Toenail

You will lose your toenails, I had been warned a couple years ago when I began to vocalize my interests in marathon running. How could running cause toenail loss? Would they grow back?… Continue reading

Vella Shpringa Full Moon Run

On Memorial Day, Amy and I ran 8(ish) miles with the Vella Shpringa* Running Club and special guests Chris McDougall and Scott Jurek. Chris wrote one of my favorite books: Born to Run.  Scott… Continue reading