October is my favorite month in my favorite season of the year. It probably has something to do with my birthday being this month, but that’s not the only reason :). I love the cooler weather, the leaves changing and the excitement as we get ready to enter the holiday season.
I’m especially thrilled this October because as you know, I’ll be running my second marathon – the Baltimore Marathon – on October 15. My training the past few months has gone well for the most part, but I honestly didn’t know if I’d ever get to this point that I’m at today. Today, I feel confident, excited and ready for my marathon. I know I won’t be breaking any records on race day, but I do know I’m going to have a blast.
October is important for several other reasons besides my birthday and my marathon, of course. Most people know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an issue that is near and dear to my heart. My amazing mother is a breast cancer survivor, as is my grandmother. I’d like to encourage my readers to donate to our favorite breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure or find a Race for the Cure in your area.
October is lesser known as a month to recognize another cause that holds a special place in my heart. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Specifically, October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day which is officially recognized in both the U.S. and Canada. You may have read my Why I Run post where I first mentioned how running was my therapy after I suffered 2 miscarriages before we had Zain.
Since we lost our first baby 3 years ago, I have honored the national holiday on October 15 and used it to remember my lost babies while spreading awareness about a cause that is so often swept under the rug. When I run the marathon on October 15 this year, I will remember the meaning the day has for me, my husband and the 1 in 4 women who are affected by pregnancy and infant loss.