Naiema Abrahams has been training for her first Comrades Marathon. And it just so happens that this year Ramadan started during what some might still consider peak training time (May 5 to June 4). The race takes place on 9 June.
Even if you’re not training for your first Comrades, like Naiema, she shares some are amazing tips for how to stay fit and healthy during Ramadan.
Running During Ramadan
1/ How often were you running and what distance just before Ramadan started?
“I was running 5 to 6 days a week as part of my training towards my first Comrades Marathon. I would average between 80 to 100km per week.”
2/ What has your running programme looked like now during Ramadan?
“I will try and run at least 4 days a week, keeping my runs between 8-10km thrice a week preferably early morning and 15-20km on a Friday or Saturday evening. I have completed all my long runs so I will be tapering till the big day.”
What To Eat During Ramadan
3/ What do you eat for breakfast to sustain your through the day?
“Ramadan is the only month I have a date everyday – haha, that’s a singles joke. Here’s what my breakfast looks like:
- A bowl of FUTURELIFE
- A protein shake
- Banana or other piece of fruit
- Dates (for slow energy release – I also eat dates when I run long distances). But 2 dates are adequate, watch the sugar content!
- An avo or chicken sandwich
- A cup of green tea
- A glass of water
4/ And when you break the fast?
“Always a date and water to break fast, followed by a bowl of veg soup and yes I have the traditional savouries, in moderation. Then off to gym. I normally have a meal/protein after my workout.”
5/ Are you doing any other exercise?
“I gym every night between the time we break fast and evening prayers.”
Keep It Balanced
6/ Do you have some advice with regards to conserving energy and training schedules?
“I would suggest slowing down training, either reducing mileage and lighter workouts, but the important thing is to listen to your body and not set unrealistic expectations. Realistically we will fatigue during the day, it is important to manage our bodies. I suggest having structured workout times, based on the time of day you feel less fatigued. It is also noteworthy to say that most of us started observing the month of Ramadaan as kids, which would suggest well-adjusted bodies to deal will the stress of lack of nutrition. Remember that Ramadan is a spiritual period – look after your body, mind and soul.”