When I first saw the picture of the Monika Allen and Tara Baize of Glam-Runner I was overjoyed! Their huge smiles and awesome super hero outfits with tutus- these are my peeps, was my first thought!
Beautiful women, being fit and healthy, while having fun. Truly, what could be more inspiring and gorgeous than that?
Then I read the article. Are you kidding me??? SELF magazine was ridiculing runners who wear tutus saying,
“A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”
Being a tutu runner myself I was ticked off to read this. A magazine that claims to encourage women to be “you at your best” would shame anyone for choosing to have fun while being healthy and active was appalling to me.
But that wasn’t even the worst of it. Come to find out that Monika Allen was in the middle of chemotherapy treatments for brain cancer when she ran this marathon. To be clear that’s 26.2 miles!!!
Tara’s race bib clearly says “die tumor die.” The editors never thought to ask about that? There was an amazing opportunity for this magazine to take this picture, dig deep to find out the story, and inspire people around the world.
Instead they chose to be petty and laugh at women who choose to be their best selves. A serious contradiction to what they claim to stand for. And while I believe that mistakes happen to all of us. I also believe if the people working at this magazine truly believed in wanting women to be “you at your best” I would not be writing this blog post right now. This incident would never have happened.
And while I see this as a much bigger issue in regard to the shaming that goes on in our society, for today I will leave this blog post focused on Monika and Tara.
They are two modern day Super Heroes!
They have handled this situation with grace and love. They are both actively involved with Girls on the Run in San Diego. They give a portion of their profits from the sale of their tutus to GOTR. To date they have donated $5600! In lieu of bashing SELF magazine they are requesting that people “Do something awesome and dedicate it to Glam Runner – post an encouraging quote on Facebook, go for a run in your neighborhood, shout encouragement to runners on the street, or wear a tutu in your next race. Help us share why #tutusrock!”
So what do you say??? Who’s up for being awesome?
I will be running in a tutu on Sunday, March 30 at 8:00AM at Waterfront Park in Clermont, FL. Anyone care to join me? Tutu, wig, costume, just as yourself…let’s all be awesome together!!! Run, walk- whatever works for you!