• When I Started Running in My Hijab People Asked ‘Why Are You Torturing Yourself?'

    5 monthes ago - By Health

    This story is part of Health's RealLifeStrong series, where we are celebrating women who represent strength, resilience, and grace.
    Four years ago-the last time I was in Afghanistan to visit my family-I tried to explain to my mother why I'd taken up running. “What are you running away from?” she kept asking. Not until she listened to my tone of voice did she finally understand.
    “It must be nice to have an escape,” she said.
    When I was born, my parents lived in a refugee camp in Iran. To this day, I'm not sure of my exact birthdate. My mother couldn't read or write, so when she was given my...
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