55 | Runner and Mountaineer Manal Rostom: Accept, Adapt, Act
The Injured Athletes Club
"It's not like I hurt myself because I wanted to hurt myself. It came from passion, it came from an athletic drive, it came from inspiration and dreams. I just wasn't an irresponsible athlete; I don't want to call myself that. I might have been an over-optimistic and over-passionate athlete, as opposed to calling yourself bad names. Once I made the decision to stop calling myself bad names, that's when the true sense of self-love and self-kindness came through. And that's why I say, in those six months, I've learned more about self-kindness and self-love than the rest of my 41 years on Earth." Manal Rostom has been running since the age of 13. She rededicated herself to the sport in her 30s, and subsequently ran 13 marathons, becoming the first Egyptian woman to run five of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors. And, she climbed new heights; she’s also the first Egyptian woman to summit two of the world’s highest mountains, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus. Along the way, she built a career in sports and fitness, through partnerships with brands like Nike as well as through personal training. So when she found out, in December of 2020, that she’d have to take six months off to heal her Achilles tendons, she found herself fearful and devastated in more ways than one—physically, emotionally, and financially. As she searched for a way to process her injury and recovery, Manal—who’s also the founder of her own Facebook group, Surviving Hijab—sought out community in The Injured Athletes Club. We’re so glad she did! And in this episode, which was recorded exactly six months to the day after she began her time off, she shares all the lessons she’s learned in that time about showing up for yourself and your community, reconnecting to your purpose, and trusting where your rebound will lead you. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode: Fluid Running. Fluid Running makes it possible to maintain your peak physical fitness even when you're injured through the power of deep water running. Listen for a special discount code in the episode! In this episode, we discuss: How she’d say injuries are viewed among runners—and her unique perspective on that as an Arab woman in sport (7:17) Why she thinks, when it comes to injuries, “your biggest enemy is your ego” (11:31) How she felt when she learned she needed six months off (13:31) How her injury first developed and progressed (19:54) What she’s gotten out of the Injured Athletes Club community and the book Rebound (21:06) Why self-care is such a critical component of recovery for her (25:00) The specific struggles of having an injury as a fitness content creator (30:01) How she “remembered her why” (38:19) How she’s moving forward from here (42:35) The importance of listening to your body (49:04) Her final words of advice to injured athletes, about community, values, and joy (51:27) You can subscribe to The Injured Athletes Club on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts, and if you like what you hear, please leave us a rating or a review in Apple podcasts. That helps other injured athletes find the show. Resources/links: Manal’s Instagram, including the amazing videos of her wakesurfing (one while eating a protein bar!) Surviving Hijab on Instagram and Facebook To access more resources for injured athletes: Join The Injured Athletes Club mailing list, for news and updates Join The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group, for support and camaraderie Like The Injured Athletes Club Podcast Facebook page, for the latest episodes Email us at email@example.com with questions, guest suggestions, or other feedback DISCLAIMER: This content is for educational & informational use only and & does not constitute medical advice. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have heard in an episode of this podcast. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with a qualified medical professional for proper evaluation & treatment. Guests who speak on this podcast express their own opinions, experiences, and conclusions, and The Injured Athletes Club podcast hosts nor any company providing financial support endorses or opposes any particular treatment option discussed in the episodes of this podcast and are not responsible for any actions or inactions of listeners based on the information presented. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk.
Ep. 50: International Women’s Day: Breaking sports boundaries with Manal Rostom
Manal Rostom has never let her hijab stop her from excelling at her sport. In 2015, the Dubai-based athlete broke barriers as the first hijabi woman in a Nike campaign, modeling their new sports hijab. Later, she became the first Egyptian woman to run Great Wall of China Marathon marathon—the pharmacist-turned-runner is on track to run all six of the major marathons. Rostom runs Surviving Hijab, a female-only Facebook community, as a space for other veiled women to find support, advice and inspiration.
I’m really excited to share this interview. Sometimes someone tells you a story, that impacts you so deeply you feel like you have to find out more - earlier this year was one of those times, when I saw Manal Rostom speak.Amongst other things, Manal is an athlete, Nike ambassador and the founder of Surviving Hijab, a supportive online community to empower women who cover. She spoke of overcoming the tragic loss of a loved one, further committing to her faith and following her passion. Her talk was during a fleeting window when we both in London before she returned home to Dubai, so I took the opportunity thank her in person for sharing her story.She kindly agreed to be interviewed for Who's Next and when she was next in the UK a few months later we set up a Skype call to chat.We speak about resilience, influence and swimming against the current to following your dreams.I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did, Manal has such energy and passion for change, it really is infectious.Follow:https://twitter.com/whosnextpoduk https://www.instagram.com/whosnextpoduk/Find out more about Manal:https://www.instagram.com/manirostom/ https://twitter.com/manirostom https://www.facebook.com/groups/631337350298622/ https://www.instagram.com/survivinghijab/?hl=en https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkG3v-8W4U0
Chasing Mountains and Marathons with Manal Rostom (08.09.2019)
From growing up hating her culture and faith to smashing every stereotype around Muslim women and what they can and can’t do, Manal Rostom is a trailblazer for women across the world. As the first Nike trainer and Nike Run Club coach and first Arab to be featured on the Nike app, Manal became the inspiration for the multinational to create the Pro-Hijab, a garment that has had a massive impact for Muslim women in sport. Listen to #Pulse95Radio in the UAE by tuning in on your radio (95.00 FM) or online on our website: www.pulse95radio.com Follow us on Social. www.facebook.com/pulse95radio www.twitter.com/pulse95radio www.instagram.com/pulse95radio
#ABtalks x NIKE with Manal Rostom - مع منال رستم | Chapter 2 of 3
Guest Manal Rostom Manal describes the key milestones in her life that have shaped the woman she is today; wins, losses, joys, and grief. She talks about her relationship with her faith, her parents and most importantly, with herself. Links Video interview
Manal Rostom is a force of nature. Not only is she aiming to be the Egyptian woman to run all 6 major marathons and do the 7 peaks, but she is also the co-founder of a womens group called Surviving Hijab, which aims to educate, connect and inspire women.Download and follow me on Himalaya!!Connect with Manal:Instagram@manirostomSurviving Hijab GroupTwitter@manirostomConnect with Andrew:Instagram@andrewdeast Twitter@andrewdeast Youtube@AndrewEast Facebook@AndrewDEast
Surviving Hijab: Challenges and Opportunities - Manal Rostom
When Women Win
In 2014 Manal Rostom wrote to Nike to ask why none of their ads featured women who looked or dressed like her: Arab women who wear the hijab. Nike got in touch and Manal not only ended up featuring in their international advertising campaign, but also became involved in developing Nike’s Pro Hijab, a head scarf designed for veiled women who participate in sports. But growing up Manal didn’t plan on wearing the hijab: her attitude towards covering was negative due to the stereotypes of veiled women being timid or uneducated. Manal talked about these perceptions she once held and how determined she is to change the stereotype: enter our power-house runner, mountaineer and fitness coach! While Manal Rostom originally trained as a pharmacist and spent 14 years in the corporate world, she is now a full-time fitness coach who has summitted 7 mountains and run 11 marathons! She is the first Egyptian woman to summit Mont Blanc. There is even an Apple playlist called “Run with Manal” and she is the first Arab to be featured on the Global Nike+ Run Club App. Manal started wearing the hijab aged 21 but almost gave it up in 2014 - that is when she created the Surviving Hijab Facebook Community Group for which she recently won an award – it has grown to over 600,000 members. During our chat Manal opened up for the first time about her experience dealing with horrific cyber-bullies, blow-back from a tolerance message she posted on her facebook group. We discussed how society can place a heavy burden on women, judging them on things that lay outside their control. Finally, we talked about motivation and what drives her up the mountain when she is physically drained. My favourite quote from the episode: "I love it when little boys look at me and I'm their role model." If you'd like to follow Manal you can find her on Instagram and Facebook.
The First Arab Hijabi Woman To Become A Model For Nike, Manal Rostom, On Building A Global Community Part 2
Harper’s Bazaar Arabia
This week Bazaar’s content manager, Elizabeth Kelly, is back in the studio with the founder of the groundbreaking Facebook group ‘Surviving Hijab’ and the first Hijabi woman to be featured in an international Nike campaign, Manal Rostom. We talk creating a global force for good, breaking down barriers and how a simple email to Nike unexpectedly changed Manal’s life. Join in the conversation by using our hashtag #HBACurrentlyTrending, you can also tweet us your comments @bazaararabia or email us your comments, questions or topic ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
The First Arab Hijabi Woman To Become A Model For Nike, Manal Rostom, On Breaking Barriers, Conquering Mountains and Making History
Harper’s Bazaar Arabia
This week Bazaar's social media and content manager, Elizabeth Kelly, sits down with the first athlete in the world to run a major race (the New York marathon) wearing the Nike Pro Hijab, Manal Rostom. The inspirational mountaineer and marathoner shares her fascinating journey, details overcoming pressure from society, and her quest to become the first female Egyptian to conquer Mount Everest. Stay tuned to Currently Trending to listen to part 2 of Manal’s incredible story. Join in the conversation by using our hashtag #HBACurrentlyTrending, you can also tweet us your comments @bazaararabia or email us your comments, questions or topic ideas to email@example.com
Manal Rostom: Have the Courage to Believe You Can Make a Change - R4R 061
The Running for Real Podcast
Oops, redo! Today’s interview is with Manal Rostom, a fitness instructor, scuba diver, mountaineer, marathon runner, cyclist, triathlete….an mostly a simply incredibly inspiring person. In an effort to inspire young Arab girls who choose to remain covered, she contacted Nike Middle East in 2013 and asked the simple question “why do you not show women who look like me?” in their advertising and was amazed to hear back the next day suggesting a meeting. She went on to become a Nike trainer and running coach and model. We discuss how she became the face of the Nike Sports Hijab after being invited to their Portland OR headquarters. She still gets goosebumps thinking about how it felt to be honored to be invited to participate. But you also learn how horrific some of the early comments were about her dress and what she was doing. And how when she first arrived at the headquarters they gave her the same gear (shorts and tank tops, etc) that they provided others and then were horrified that they had made the error of not recalling she had to remain covered so quickly found her long tights and tops for her to use at the convention. Manal has become her own Disney Princess, by choosing the Hijab for herself and making things work. She wanted other little girls to aspire to be like her because she looks like them. Those little girls were her main objective, to give them a role model they would aspire to be like and know things are possible if they believe it. We discuss how losing her Pharmacy job taught her the lesson to be prepared to move forward no matter what happens, because nothing lasts forever. It is important for athletes to plan for what happens when/if they get injured. What can you do in advance to broaden your horizons so you are not devastated when it happens? We discuss her efforts to scale Mt Everest and how a major snowstorm resulted in a failed attempt to scale Mt Aconcagua (6,961 meters), the tallest mountain in South America, after already reaching the summits of Mt Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Mt Elbrus (Russia) gave her pause and she has renewed her effort to find sponsors to help her move her dream forward. Today’s Guest Manal Rostom grew up in Kuwait and has always been active, despite the obstacles to her doing so when she was younger. She has competed in many marathons and triathlons, and in 2014 became the first Hijabi woman representing Nike on a global level. Once they developed the Sport Hijab suitable for sport rather than the cotton ones that are common coverings, she was sent one to test and was so excited to become their model. She debuted it in the NYC Marathon in 2017, the first International marathon to have a Hijabi woman running. She is also the first Egyptian woman to run the Great Wall of China marathon. She has set her sights now on scaling Mt Everest sometime in the next two years. She is currently living in Dubai. What you will learn about: How she created her woman only facebook group (now 600,000+ strong), Surviving Hijab to open doors for women who previously were not allowed to do things most women can do from going to a pool. The goal of the group is to support the choices of all women to look and dress in the way that is right for them. How she contacted Nike Middle East and asking them why they were not featuring women that looked like her in their advertising? How Manal choose to wear the hijab to honor God and say thanks to him after an accident despite having hated it growing up. Even though it would be hardship for her given her incredible love of outdoor sports. How each of us have a little voice inside us that tells us to climb mountains, run races, whatever and you will never silence it until you pay attention to that voice and go do it. Why not? Be brave! Don’t even shush that voice. How members of her Facegroup group made the effort to make posters and banners specially for her to cheer her on as her family could not be there. How she ran a 5k with Kipchoge in New York, and how grounded, humble, and real a person he is. Inspirational Quotes: I can’t believe I became that girl! Just by having the courage to believe I could create change. I became my own hero. If I only had that little bit of vision in my younger years to be braver then. How much could I have managed to accomplish? Don’t get too attached to the chocolate, as good as it tastes, nothing lasts forever. Put your plan B in place to be ready. You have to keep showing up, you make your own luck. It is hard work and a lot of hustle. You can cocoon yourself and feel sorry for yourself, or you can get out of your bed, hustle, and just do it. Resources: Last week's episode with Susan Lacke Tina4Real Podcast Buy a Running for Real T-shirt, Tank, or Hat Manal on Instagram Manal on Facebook Surviving Hijab(Manal's facebook community, women only) Thank you to BodyHealth for sponsoring this episode of Running for Real. Now I am back to training, guess what was the first thing I did to start making sure I recover quicker (as coming back to fitness really beats your body up!), yep, you guessed it, BodyHealth Perfect Amino! Get 10% off at Bodyhealth.com using coupon code TINA10 Thanks for Listening! I hope you enjoyed today's episode. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Join the Running for Real Facebook Group and share your thoughts on the episode (or future guests you would like to hear from) Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews will really help me climb up the iTunes rankings and I promise, I read every single one. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe, you can find out here. Thank you to Manal, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.