Monday, July 21, 2014

Motivation Monday: "Run Like a Girl"

It's not the first time I've shared advertising for "feminine hygiene" products… I mean, the O.B. Tampon "Apology" campaign was genius, after all… but it didn't make me get misty-eyed and completely inspired.

So I felt I needed to share the "Run Like a Girl" campaign by Always. Yes, Always.

First the director (Lauren Greenfield, who also directed the documentary The Queen of Versailles) asks some adults -- male AND female -- what it means to run like a girl, fight like a girl, or throw like a girl. Now, c'mon, admit it. When you read that phrase, I bet you also imagine the stereotype.

But the completely inspiring part comes when Greenfield asked young girls the same questions -- and their totally badass responses.


The tiny little girl who says that to run like a girl is to "run fast as you can" -- gets me every time. And the rising awareness of how words shape opinions as these grownups are encouraged to think about it… well, it makes me so happy. And weepy.

So when I run that half marathon on Saturday? I'm gonna run like a girl. And give it all I can.

"Why can't run like a girl also mean win the race?"