Kiran Gandhi toured as a drummer for M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation, received her MBA from Harvard Business School and, most recently, ran 26.2 miles with her period, bleeding uninhibited the whole way.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Gandhi says she trained for a year leading up to the April marathon but took breaks while menstruating.
So, when the day of the marathon arrived and coincided perfectly with her time of the month, the 26-year-old had a decision to make.
Concerned more with her own well-being than the opinions of strangers, Gandhi chose to run free and allow the experience to liberate her.
Gandhi powered through without letting anything -- including her nerves over passing her father and brother and an encounter with a fellow runner who commented on her bleeding -- keep her from finishing the race.
She focused on the fact that she was running to benefit breast cancer research and hoped others would focus on that, too.
Her family remained supportive, and the run destigmatized a monthly occurrence for Gandhi and, hopefully, for those who witnessed her decision.
The marathon initiate hopes not to belittle the experience of menstruation but normalize it as a shameless routine.
For Gandhi, the marathon gave her a taste of the support and rational thinking both genders can use to better understand the small battle women face, seemingly unfazed, every month.
Gandhi has not decided whether she will be running another marathon any time soon, but surely she can take comfort knowing her first attempt was a win for women everywhere.