My name is Kubra. It is an Arabic word that means massive. I always wanted to achieve big things and do great things in my life. I like testing my strengths and taking on new challenges – running an ultra-marathon is one of them.
I can think of a few defining moments in my life: landing in Africa for the first time, finishing my first 100 miler, standing up to a sexist boss, witnessing my first attack in Afghanistan and seeing the curvature of the earth from the top of Kilimanjaro. Building up the courage to break someone’s heart and learning how to piece […]
Meet Baryalai, otherwise known as ‘Ba Ba Man’: Afghan ultrarunner, skyrunning pioneer, and massive Kilian Jornet fan. Baryalai is only one year older than me, but he has lived lifetimes more. From difficult beginnings growing up in a madrasa in Pakistan to his current efforts to start a skyrunning movement in Kabul, his life is nothing short of fascinating.
Some people have wanderlust: literally, a desire to travel and explore. Me? I don’t have wanderlust. I have full-fledged wanderaffairs. And they everything you would imagine affairs would be: intoxicating, exhausting, and a little bit dangerous.
I can’t believe that my last weekend in Afghanistan has finally arrived. In a matter of days, I will be on a flight to Hong Kong to catch up with my running buddies and RacingThePlanet family, and then onwards to Canada to reunite with my quirky and wonderfully supportive family. It’s going to be awesome, eh??? I have started to […]
Hey everyone!! Two things: one, check out my post here on Go Trail with my FAV editor, James Hallett, and two, if you’ve enjoyed reading my blog over the past year, please consider nominating ultrarunnergirl.com for best fitness blog on Breaking Muscle! All you have to do is click here and post my blog in a comment 🙂 Thanks everyone […]
This isn’t going to be a normal blog post. I thought I was going to break my blogcation by writing a post about Running Technique, How to Pack for a Multi-day Race, or maybe Trail Running Tips for (kick ass) Women. But alas, I’ve made some big changes in my non-running life that warrant a different kind of blog post […]