Mariam is known as the @hijabi.hiker on instagram her bio reads - A hijabi hiking around the UK to be inspired and inspire. Part time writer, wannabe runner, coffee addict #DiversifyOutdoors
Mariam in her own words:
“I’m a hobbyist writer, avid hiker and tutor in my spare time, and work full time in Oncology research. A proud woman of colour, I’m excited about sharing my journey into the outdoors to encourage more diversity and healing from the world we all share.”
During this podcast Mariam shares more about her childhood and growing up, and how she got interested in the outdoors. Mariam talks about the challenges she has faced and how her confidence has increased by taking on new challenges from running her first 5k race to completing her longest hike to-date -30km through the Shropshire Hills.
Mariam shares more about how she took her first steps into the outdoors and gives top tips and advice to inspire you to take your first step.
On the 1st April Mariam is starting the #BeBraveChallenge. Listen to the Tough Girl Podcast to find out how you can get involved!
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Who is Mariam
Her childhood and growing up being active
Being the youngest of 4
Getting into hiking
Doing stuff with the Scouts and the Duke of Edinburgh Award
Her role models
Wanting to encourage more Muslim women to get into hiking
Hiking solo at the start
Feeling unsafe and scared
Barriers to getting into the outdoors
Not seeing women who looked like her
The benefits of getting in the outdoors
Feeling a sense of freedom when outside
Being able to get perspective
Feeling a sense of achievement when reaching the top
Friends and family and what they think
Building confidence in other areas of her life
Taking on a 5k running challenge
Advice for other runners
Why it’s important to enjoy it
The journey and the progression
30km hike through the Shropshire Hills
Strive - Spring Charity Challenge
Not having much time to plan or prepare
Concerns before the challenge
Slowing down and enjoying the time out on the hills
Magical moments from the hike
Talking about gear when you start out hiking
Looking after her feet and dealing with blisters
Final words of advice
Instagram - @hijabi.hiker