Because we can't think of anyone that doesn't experience a mental and physical tug-of-war when it comes to running, we present to you this hilarious video, "Dear Running," created by PYPO—your new go-to site for badass comedy—specifically for the upcoming MORE/SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon.
This year, to celebrate the thirteenth anniversary of the race, we'll be honoring 13 notable female leaders across multiple industries with the first-ever Women Run the World Relay & Mentorship Program. One of this year's nominees? Stephanie Laing, the Emmy award-winning writer and director (from HBO's Veep and the upcoming Sarah Jessica Parker series Divorce) and co-founder of PYPO, a new digital platform dedicated to supporting female voices in comedy.
So, we asked Laing, where did the inspo for the video come from? "It speaks so much to the mission behind PYPO—taking a look at women's issues through a humorous lens and providing that validation. We all have a love/hate relationship with working out! We love how we feel when we work out, but it's hard to find the motivation to start," she says.
"This is meant to point out those struggles, with the message being, 'You've got this!' and it doesn't matter what your level of running or athleticism is, the important thing is just to keep moving, and we can all look ridiculous —or like great sexy runners—together," she says. (One woman shares: "The Moment I Knew I Was a Runner".)
Laing, who will be running a one-mile leg for the relay, explains she too has felt similarly about running. "I love to run, but the first 10 minutes I absolutely hate! For me, running a mile will be harder than running three miles. It's so hard for me to get into the zone," she says. "But once the adrenaline kicks in and I've found my stride and I'm in the zone, I can keep going." (Hate running? Here are 25 ways to learn to love it.)