Becoming a Mentor

Back in January I once again committed to running the New York City Marathon for Team Fox and to again raise money to help find the cure for Parkinson’s Disease. I was both nervous and excited again at the prospect of another year of training for and running a truly great race. And, of course, the fact that all of my steps will have a far deeper meaning to me always moves me.

Then a few weeks later I received an email from the head of Team Fox asking me if I would consider (along with several others) becoming a Team Fox mentor and helping others to raise money for the foundation. I was floored and my first reaction was, “How the heck will I fit this into my already busy schedule?” Luckily, I immediately took a deep breath and told that little voice of fear to be quiet. I knew I wanted to step up and help out in this way both because I want to find a cure and also because I love helping and encouraging other people to reach their goals. Seeing the smile on someone’s face when they reach a goal or accomplish something they didn’t think they could do is one of the best feelings in the world. 

I was quite humbled to be asked because although I’ve raised over $23,000 for the foundation I don’t consider myself one of the heavyweights. There are people that have raised significantly more than $100,000 in one year alone. Now that’s some significant fundraising! 

I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing as a mentor yet as my training isn’t scheduled for a few weeks, but I’m sure it will be rewarding and will help me train again for a marathon. I know I’ll need continued motivation and inspiration to keep up the long miles. I have a feeling that the universe is helping to give me the additional motivation I need. Thanks Team Fox for helping me keep on training!

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2 Responses to Becoming a Mentor

  1. Louisa says:

    Karen, I’m sure you’ll do great as a mentor. You have already inspired me to run and reached my goal!

    • Karen says:

      You’re awesome Louisa! Thanks for all the encouragement and keep on running. You’ll finish your first race in no time!