Running and completing a full marathon is more than any steep uphill climb. Think of this young lady, Kiran Gandhi, MBA 2015 from Harvard Business School, who not only completed the London Marathon but also did it on the first day of her period without a tampon or a sanitary pad.
She was training hard for almost a year for this day but on the eve of the D-day (26 April 2015) she started menstruating. She had the option of going in for the normal sanitary pad or tampon and running the 26.2 mile marathon but chose to “bleed freely and just run”
After completing the marathon without stopping and raising $6,000 collectively for Breast Cancer Care. Kiran wrote a piece on her blog titled “Sisterhood, blood and boobs at the London Marathon 2015′. It is an ode to womanhood and feminism.
She wrote: The marathon was everything. I trained for a year and then it happened. And truly it was one of the most profound experiences of my life. I ran with two of the most important women in my life, and we didn’t leave each other’s side once, from start to finish.
Kiran, who has emerged as a symbol of feminism also underscored in bold letters on her blog: “I RAN THE WHOLE MARATHON WITH MY PERIOD BLOOD RUNNING DOWN MY LEGS. I got my flow the night before and it was a total disaster but I didn’t want to clean it up. It would have been way too uncomfortable to worry about a tampon for 26.2 miles. I thought, if there’s one person society won’t fuck with, it’s a marathon runner. If there’s one way to transcend oppression, it’s to run a marathon in whatever way you want. On the marathon course, sexism can be beaten. Where the stigma of a woman’s period is irrelevant, and we can re-write the rules as we choose. Where a woman’s comfort supersedes that of the observer.”