But as the years go by there is something else that has become more important to me than (dare I say it) Halloween. October is breast cancer awareness month.
This is my mom. Isn't she beautiful?! She is one of the most amazing people I know. I often say, "If I become half the woman that my mom is, I will make it to heaven." And anyone who knows her would agree with me.
I remember when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It turned our world upside-down. I hated seeing her sick and in pain. I am happy to report that she is cancer free.
Whenever I run in the month of October (at the gym, around the neighborhood, a 5k, anything) I dedicate it to her. Last year I ran My First 5k in her honor.
This year I am not participating in a 5k. Instead, I am going to do a running routine that will help me be consistent the entire month. I am really good about running the first two weeks of the month, and then...I putter out.
Not this time.
I call my new running schedule the 2 X 4 Running Challenge. It's very simple:
Run 2 miles a day, 4 days a week.
That's it. Easy huh?
I invite each of you to join me this October in the 2 X 4 Challenge. Dedicate your running to someone you love who has had cancer. Let me know how it goes. I'd love to hear from you!
And remember ladies - Get your mammograms! Do your self evaluations! See your doctor! Be vigilant!
This is your life we are talking about.
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