RIYADH: In Riyadh you can hear the sound of Fajr (early morning) prayers and the sun is still adjusting to the night sky.
Adidas Runners is an international community of joggers and runners, people from all walks of life united in the goal of becoming a better version of themselves.
Their women-only group creates a safe space where individuals can empower each other to achieve their aspirations.
Runners see a 4 a.m. wake-up call as a small price to pay for an experience that brings health benefits and friendships.
31-year-old Asma Azhari has never considered herself a consistent athletic type. She’s Mindful She wants to try everything, from yoga to swim sessions to breezy biking, and she never dedicates herself to just one area. It wasn’t until June 2021 that she met her Adidas Runners community.
The idea of a women-only running club intrigued me, but my first steps towards commitment were disappointing.
“I wanted to die,” she said. “The first time I ran, I thought, ‘I’m not cut out for this sport.’ But after a few months, I tried again. And now I’m a runner,” she says. told the news.
She began her journey by barely completing a 4K run, but Azhari is now training for her first 21K trail race. She aims to participate in the full international marathon next year.
It was the community surrounding the running group that made her come back every week. she said: i love it “
On a personal level, running has benefited her by laying a foundation of discipline in many aspects of her life, including work and family. “Sports should be accessible to everyone, regardless of gender, age or ethnicity,” she said.
Another member, Hadir Ashur, told Arab News:
23-year-old Ashour has been active for years, but a year after discovering Adidas Runners, he realized training could help complement his CrossFit (interval training) and cycling participation. rice field.
she said: Running for me was a great combination of both. “
While there are many health benefits of running, including improved sleep and eating habits, Ashur emphasized the mental benefits of exercise.
Running has helped her deal with anxiety, develop patience, and create consistency in many aspects of her life.
She added: Her running freed her from negative emotions and helped her regain confidence in herself. “
The group is working to create the first-ever women’s training program to run 5K for free for all women in Riyadh, starting on October 22nd.
Ashour is now planning to attend Riyadh 10K for the first time, but he’s setting his sights higher.
she said: In the future, I would like to run full marathons and ultramarathons both in Japan and abroad, and contribute to the expansion of the Riyadh community. “
Like Azhari, Ashour has found a place within the running community and changed her perception of women running in public.
“There aren’t that many female runners, but the presence and persistence of a few runners makes a big difference. We women are unstoppable when we run together.”
Club member Nourah Alshehri, 38, told Arab News:
“I am very fortunate to experience fair regulations and laws that guarantee freedom for all without harming anyone or anything.”
The first-ever women-only race will take place on 24 December with the aim of creating a safe and healthy running culture for everyone in Riyadh.
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