As of today, I am a mentor for the Long Beach chapter of Team In Training! We had our information meeting tonight where we were given the official MENTOR t-shirts and learned all about what this commitment would entail. Wow! What a thrill! I am so grateful, yet again, to all those who kept me in my race last season which has led me to this point.
As I sat there tonight, I remembered what the last three and a half months with TNT have meant to me. Not just the training, or the fundraising but more so what we as Team In Training people do. Well here it goes: Team In Training is one of the largest endurance training programs in the country having raised more than 1 billion dollars to help cure blood cancers through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sounds great right? We were asked to memorize our elevator speech since, as mentors, we would be asked by others what TNT is. How can I summarize what TNT is in such a short amount of time? It's more than just an endurance training program, more than just a series of fundraising efforts for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Team In Training is a life-changing experience. It is a mission not just to prove to yourself that can run 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles, or complete a triathlon, it a mission to save lives and know that what you are doing is helping someone live again, in the same way that completing an endurance sport will make you feel more alive than you ever have! In one word...amazing!
I am so excited to be part of this...I have decided that as a mentor, I too have certain responsibilities to uphold. I must learn to be that motivation for others. Thanks to all of you who told me what your motivation is...mine will be knowing that it is my duty to be the one my mentees can count on when they feel like they can't possibly run one more mile. GO TEAM!