Tag Archive: fasting

Wheel of Ramadan

Today I wrote down my goals for Ramadan. At first, all I could think of was increasing religious acts—I put numbers on verses of the Quran to memorize, chapters to read, and rounds… 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

Last-Minute Marathon Prep

Yesterday I busted my big toe. I was trying to fold a table, and then BAM, I slammed it shut with all my force into my toe. The Baltimore Marathon happens in 5… Continue reading

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

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