Women's Running - a fitness magazine catering to women has marathoner Rahaf Khatib as its cover girl. Why is this significant? Because not only is Khatib a badass athlete and a badass mom - she is also a badass six-time 'hijabi marathoner'.
If you have five minutes to spare for pictures that will inspire you into becoming fitter, you might want to check out her Instagram handle, @runlikeahijabi.
16 miles done! ✔️ Due to #dhulhajj, a religious holiday in which #muslims perform the #hajj, I've been fasting on and off. Yesterday since I wasn't fasting, I decided to run my long run I knew I wouldn't have a chance on the weekend. I ran 6 miles, then after few hrs, I ran 10 more miles. All on treadmill. You do what you gotta do in the name of training! 🙌🏼 It had to be done this way due to my circumstances. And my kids are off for #eid Monday and Tuesday 😳 AlHamdillah this is my LAST long run over 10 miles! 15 Days left! #runlikeahijabi #mommyrunner #fasting #hajj #muslimrunner #coveredrunner #mashallah
The October issue of Women's Running is also iconic as this is the first time a women in a hijab has ever graced the cover of a fitness magazine in the US. And what with Trump leading the country to mass Islamophobia, this is a major step towards inclusion, we'd say.
Originally from Syria and currently settled in Michigan, Khatib explains how she feels about being on the cover of Women's Running: "For this stay-at-home mom of three, and an average (but persistent!) runner with goals, it means the world to me. It's something I can show to my kids in the future, my community and most importantly my parents. It means that my sweat, tears and training are worth it."