“To me, period-shaming is when you – as someone who is experiencing the bleeding – have to make somebody else comfortable before yourself,” she told BuzzFeed News.
“There were two things that helped my decision to run free. Firstly, I thought, Oh god, I really don’t want to run a marathon with a tampon in, as it’s something I’ve never done before.
“But it was also the fact I had to think about what other people would think of me that helped me make the decision. You shouldn’t have to worry about how you look for others on a marathon course. To me, that shed light on the fact there is no global conversation about periods.”
She thinks her next step is to understand the issues she addresses even further by working with, and learning from, those in the field around the world.
“I addressed the issue from someone living with a position of privilege,” she said. “I want to help focus the attention in the right way. I think being aware, and doing something that you think can create a conversation, being brave enough to do something that may make people pissed at you – that’s where I want to be and what I want to be doing.”