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My first Ultra

…..that didnt end in a DNF!  Finally, I am delighted to say I completed an ultra for which I could be awared a medal and an official finisher’s time!  All praise and thanks are due to God.  I (sort of) secretly entered myself for City2City which for me was a tester before 2Oceans.  I had a disastrous 2Oceans in 2008 and it’s taken me 3 years to pluck up the courage to go back again.  But deep in me I felt that I had to run City2City to know if I could do it again and run over 42.2km and actually finish.  It was a massive risk to sign up for it because I had very little mileage for this, coming out of winter and the fast – not even enough for a full marathon let alone an uiltra but I was determined that where I lacked in training I would at least make up for in not making the same mistakes I made in 2008 where I went out too fast, didn’t carboload sufficiently and didn’t prepare for cramps.  I was a lot better prepared in this regard this time round and then as my luck would haved it, I bumped into a clubmate (whom I’d actually never seen on the runs before) at about 2kms into the race.  We started chatting and then naturally continued the race together but this was really lucky for me because this guy turns out to be an ultra-marathon guru of sorts.  He really helped me along, telling me where to hold back, to run half the hills and he kept saying, ‘the race starts at 30km, leave a little in reserve’.  He was fantastic.  Even in the last 15km where my mind really started to suffer and play games with me, he was really encouraging and kept telling me to not listen to my mind – if it weren’t for him, I’m pretty sure I would still be found sleeping under the trees in the streets of Bramley right now.  I’m really delighted to have finished at 6:17:00 that was a whole forty minutes early than I was hoping for. It’s not often that things work out this way but this is really the boost I needed to get my mind right for 2Oceans.

here is a pic of me at halfway


what to wear

ive been meaning to write about running/exercise gear for muslimahs for a while. as i mentioned some time back, one of the challenges i had when i reverted to islam was finding a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle without compromising my faith. unfortunately the internet isnt much help at the moment and talking to people often results in advice such as, ‘you should really only be working out inside your home’. gosh the number of times ive heard that! so Allah (swt) designed this wonderful world for us but we should only appreciate it from ‘inside our homes’ should we?
anyway, i digress. my journey to finding ideal wear is an ongoing one – i think you have to search around and find what works for you. there are some really wonderful items made out of wicking material that everyone who works out ought to have. keeps you a lot cooler than ordinary cotton.
here’s my take on what one could put together for a little session out on the tarmac. just remember to keep your gear loose-fitting (but comfy, nothing worse than flailing clothes creating extra drag!). till next time, wasalaam.

First winter run

so i successfully managed to go out for a little run yesterday. man was it cold but once i got going it was really really enjoying! but i benefitted from having worn my running top under my work clothes, im going to be doing this a lot more. my knee is still giving me problems so looks like its back to strapping it. I think my new strategy is going to be, run 3x a week but run mon, tues, wed and then rest the other two days, that way i get my mileage out of the way by Wednesday. Inshallah i should be back to doing 40km weekly mileage soon. In the mean time, im saving up for some Under-Armour! As you can see, im a nut when it comes to outfits.

Although i’m not terribly crazy about her, paula radcliffe has probably done a bit to market compression clothing (think: her long white socks) in recent times. The secret to compression clothing is that it is designed to wrap around key muscle groups and reduce muscle movement therefore focussing the direction of the muscle. Compression reduces muscle vibration therefore reducing tissue damage and muscle soreness. Compression clothing should accelerate blood flow which (apparently) helps the body to eliminate lactic acid and other metabolic wastes. There are however some debates at the moment about whether lactic acid is a metabolic waste at all….need to blog about that some time!

on being a…

on being a marathon muslimah

and getting back on the wagon, well…I guess its a bit odd calling your blog something and then making no mention of it. i’ve been in a serious running rut but sometimes you cant wait for something magical to pull you out of it, you just have to get out there and do it…so i’m gonna!  one step at a time.  alhamdulillah we’re so furtunate in this part of SA that we can run in the winter.  i’ve set myself five goals for the rest of the year:

  • log my mileage
  • run at least three times a week, even if it is just round the block, just get out
  • wear as much of my running gear under my work clothes as possible (easy off, easy on)
  • remember the health benefits, and
  • most importantly have fun!
oh, and did i mention i’ve disovered sports buffs

you can get these at any self-respecting outdoor shop, here locally Cape Union Mart, Due South, First Ascent, Outdoor Warehouse….