Tazneem Anwar - aka Taz @ThisHijabiRuns. Championing diversity in running. Founder and Run Leader at Wycombe Women's Run Club.
Tazneem is a UKA Run Leader, and works with ASICS Frontrunner. Her aim to inspire more women from the Black and Minority Ethnic communities to run. Tazneem works as full time Pharmacist and is mum to 3 boys.
Tazneem in her own words
“My name is Tazneem, but most people call me Taz. I live in Buckinghamshire and I'm a pharmacist working in the pharmaceutical industry. I started running in 2017 as a complete beginner and ran my 1st half marathon within 6 months of starting.
I'm a runner who wears hijab and that in itself does mean I dress a bit differently when running, but my hijab has never been a barrier for me at all.
I'm not a super fast runner, but I train hard to achieve the running goals I set myself”
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Who is Taz
What her childhood was like
Not being that sporty growing up
Getting into running at 36
Having 3 children
Giving running ago while on holiday
Wanting to stay active and healthy
Running with a Hijab
Running as a muslim woman
Cultural barriers to running
Doing her first park run and going along by herself
Focusing on running her first 5k
Setting a running goal of doing a half marathon
Having 6 months to train for the Birmingham Half marathon in October 2017
Finding a running plan on line
Running early on in the morning
Making changes in her life to fit running in
The balancing act of being a wife, mother and an employee
Feelings of mum guilt
Concerns before the Birmingham Half Marathon
Being supported by her new friends from Park Run
Feeling emotional at the end of the half marathon
Booking her next half marathon
Running in Marrakesh, Morocco
Deciding to join a running club
Becoming a run leader
Deciding to run a marathon
Turning 40 and wanting to mark the occasion
Deciding on the Loch Ness Marathon in Scotland!
The challenges faced during the marathon
Starting to struggle at mile 18
The mental side of running
Running the Virtual 40th London Marathon in October
Doing a lap course
Advice for runners who want to run a marathon
Deciding to do Race to the Stones 2021
Blog - thishijabiruns.wordpress.com
To learn more about Muslim Women in Sport visit - www.mwsf.org.uk
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