She is running in a long-sleeved black shirt and tights, in the middle of summer, outside. And she’s still in the lead.
Tell me again how Muslim women aren’t tough?
HOW THE HELL IS SHE DOING THIS WHILE FASTING
EVERYONE PLEASE REMEMBER ITS RAMADAN
GOD BLESS THE MUSLIMS USUALLY I DONT ADD COMMENTARY BUT FRICK
I don’t think I could have reblogged this except…. Ramadan
meanwhile I can’t run a mile, derp
i feel like we’re reaching a tipping point
i feel like the world is reaching a point of acceptance
i just really want us to push over into that point so badly because this
this stuff right here
this is perfect
Meanwhile here I sit, barely able to jog in shorts and a tank top from my back door to the yard gate. I have a new-found respect for this woman.
Her name is Woroud Sawalha. She’s one of a handful of athletes (and the only woman) competing under the Palestinian flag. This particular race was in Turkey back in March (so not during Ramadan, although of course she’ll be in the same attire for the women’s 800m this month) and happened to be her very first experience in top-level international racing—this for a woman who, because she lives in a town of less than 10000 people in the northern West Bank, has had scant preparation with almost no help. She and Bahaa Al Farra (who is competing in the men’s 400m) have frequently traveled to other countries in order to train away from street violence and meet with their coach without having to worry about security checks between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Neither expects to even come close to medaling, but want to represent Palestine to the best of their abilities. Sawalha is hoping that her visibility will cause people in her home to take girls’ and women’s sports more seriously.
In short, holy shit this woman is incredible.
Now that you are a female who trains, you no longer get a cookie just for doing the lifts. Instead, devote yourself into that training and consistently improve. Don’t just get stronger than the anorexic girl who rang you up at the super market, get strong for a woman that trains. Eat right, train hard, and do it consistently. The activity of lifting revolves around performance, not attendance. You are now held to higher standards. Do something about it.