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Running in Ramadan – Recommendations and My Training Routine

Wishing fellow runners a blessed Ramadan. The holy month is a unique time of the year, it is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and worship. For runners who observe Ramadan, it is important to remember to maintain a balance during the holy month, and that their training will definitely be affected during the month. […]

Yas Mall Indoor Run Race Report: Racing in COVID-19 Times

In recent months, we have been having some sporadic signs of going back to something that resembles normalcy, in Dubai, cinemas, bars, movie theatres and fitness facilities have been open for some time, and in Abu Dhabi, running races have resumed recently with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council launching a series of indoor mall runs […]

Common Questions About Working Out during COVID-19 in Dubai

Some of the recent restrictions that were introduced to limit the spread of COVID-19 have been gradually relaxed or removed altogether (in Dubai), and as there has been a deluge of communications coming from various sources, some messages seem to have been missed/lost in the clutter. I noticed this whenever I share a workout on […]

lululemon Global Running Day 5k Challenge and Competition

In uncertain and stressful times, running has always provided an escape, an invaluable channel to release stress and negative thoughts. Tomorrow (Wednesday June 3rd) is the Global Running Day, and to mark the occasion, lululemon Middle East are hosting a competition for UAE residents. As a lululemon ambassador, I will be gifting two outfits and […]

Keeping Fit and Sane During Quarantine

Listing some tips for keeping fit and sane that I’m trying to follow during the quarantine. Do you have any tips of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments! 1. Started using an app called Seven again. It has countless workouts that can be done at home without equipment (A chair and […]

2020 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon Race Report

I took part and finished my fourteenth full marathon last weekend in Dubai. It was the third time for me to take part in the Dubai Marathon, and I completed the race with a new personal best (PB) time of 3:19:58, which is a PB of three minutes (The previous PB was 3:23 hours, set […]

The 2020 Dubai Marathon – Should you run it?

The Dubai Marathon is around the corner, and there have been several conversations online and offline amongst runners about the race, so I thought I’d share my two cents on it. For established runners who are familiar with the race, you’re probably aware of where this is going. For new runners, this is not to […]

Visualizing Palestine

Visualizing Palestine Needs You

I have been seeing Visualizing Palestine infographics online since they started eight years ago, and the work they do is remarkable in communicating the struggles of Palestinians, the injustices and the atrocities that happen very regularly back home. I signed up to become a paying VP member recently to support their initiatives, and they need […]

Race Report – Ironstar Indoor Triathlon – August 2019

Disclaimer: I am not a triathlete, although this was my third tri overall, and my second Ironstar Indoor Triathlon. I enjoy doing the occasional triathlon, and these races are quite good for me as I am a below average swimmer (I guess my level is at “I am happy I can float and move”). This […]

#SharingJobs Moving to Telegram

If we’re connected online, you might have noticed from my social media feeds (particularly on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram stories) that I share job posts and vacancies on my social media pages for fun. Starting from this week, We (A group of friends and myself) will start broadcasting jobs on the Telegram Messenger via a […]

2019 Tokyo Marathon – Race Report

Some races leave you dejected and send you back to the drawing board, and other races are there to be destroyed. Tokyo was a bit of both. In a similar theme to the previous marathon (The one in Chicago in October 2018), there are pros and cons, there are ‘silver linings’ and ‘what ifs’. I […]

2018 Chicago Marathon – Race Report

Beyond the beaming post-race photos and posing with the medal with the stunning backdrop of the biggest city in the state of Illinois, there was frustration and a hint of disappointment. Earlier this month, I took part in the 2018 Chicago Marathon. My official time was 3:41:32. There are two ways to look at the […]

On Our Obsession with Distance and Pace

A couple of years ago, I posted a blog post which had tips for running in the heat, which has relevant and useful tips, especially if you are training for a big autumn or winter race. Over the past few weeks, several friends and I started ramping up our training for various races later this […]

#SuhoorRuns: A New Fitness Activity this Ramadan in Dubai

On Saturday night, we had our first Suhoor Run in Dubai, which is a social and a fitness gathering for running and general fitness and wellness enthusiasts in the city. The idea is to meet for a light work out, followed by a small snack at the restaurant or cafe that the run started at. […]

Training in Ramadan: When to train?

  First of all, I’d like to (belatedly) wish readers of this blog a very blessed and holy Ramadan. The month is a time to reflect and to get closer to God, and it also provides an opportunity for people to evaluate their health and well-being, and hence, it becomes common to see more people […]

2018 Paris Marathon – Race Report

Ooh la la! What a finale to the season! About a week ago, I ran my 11th full marathon, which was in the French capital.  while it did not go entirely according to plan, I still came out of it with a memorable experience and a new personal best time (AKA a PB) of 3:27:51, […]

On learning from mistakes

This is something that I have been reminding myself of for a while now and it has been paying off so far. Whenever I’m frustrated and/or annoyed with lack of progress with something, I remind myself of it and to #TrustTheProcess. Some examples of this from my personal experience: Running and fitness: The way I […]

It’s been a year… A look back

Exactly a year ago to this date, I boarded a plane to come back home to what I commonly refer to as my adopted homeland, which is the UAE. A lot has happened in the last 12 months, some of it bad, quite a lot of good things and many things that could fall anywhere […]

Berlin Marathon | Race Report (And a bit more)

There are rare moments in life when you feel that (almost) everything is going your way, and the morning of Sunday, September 24, 2017, was definitely one of those good days. Months of training in the unforgiving Dubai heat, indoors with endless loops around an indoor facility or on the treadmill and struggling with some […]

2018 Dubai Marathon: You have 21 weeks to train and smash it!

      I was talking to a couple of new runners who joined the local running club in Dubai that I’ve been training with for the last few years (ABRaS), and they told me they have joined the club to help them train for the upcoming Dubai Marathon, which I thought was great planning. The […]

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