Hala El Murr
Hala’s enthusiasm towards sports came naturally to her, she used to wait eagerly in recess to play ‘tag’ as a child and was excited about track and field events in school.
She was one of the fastest young girls who were hard to tire.
Running helps her mind gain clarity; her motivational goals developing and changing with the years.
Every run has a purpose and energy which reflects how the person feels at the moment: excessive joy, confidence, and love is shown in training, so is sadness, doubt and fear.
How one approaches running takes a great deal of mental strength, soul searching, and struggle to find their running flow and joy. In her 20s, she returned to run at AUB first as a sprinter then as a middle distance runner. Though she found sprinting phenomenal, she was better at 200m, than 100 meter sprints.So, she asked her coach recurrently to be considered as a middle distance runner, but he refused saying she is a better sprinter. All it took was one race to convince him otherwise. With no prior training, he called Hala to run in place of a her team-mate who couldn’t make it to the AUB 3 km campus race, and after she won it, he took one silent look and said she’ll be running middle distance. Her motivation to run now depends on her self-talk and training after returning from a nonsports-related injury in February 2018 which affected how she ran. That injury didn’t stop her from running, but she runs now with a different goal to return to her balanced running gait and regain her running “Flow”- that feeling when running just fells so right. She strongly believes that each runner needs to strongly listen to their body. If it doesn’t feel right to push through a “question mark” of pain, that could be a detrimental risk.
She advises to seek expert help with what works best or people’s bodies. She also believes that runners need to spend time on drills, strength training, and stretching to release tense muscles as they prepare mind and body to apply better running mechanics and longer distances. Practicing these good habits alongside the running program will not only enhance performance, but is very likely stave off chronic injuries.
Her personal quote: First take care of your mind and second find peace and love within your heart. Release yourself from any past shackles, and watch yourself flow into a run. When you flow, you fly.