Happy October! My name is Kandyce. I am currently a grad student in the Criminology, Law and Justice department. It is around this time in the semester when I begin to get in panic mode. Waking up at 3 a.m. to finish homework and scratching my head wondering how I will ever survive the semester seems to become a daily ritual. In fact, Tuesday I had to wake up at 4 a.m. to take the correctional officer exam in the suburbs. I’m burnt out like many of the people in my cohort. In order for me to stay sane, I have to find something I love outside of taking a class about serial killers. For me I have found a love in fitness.
Fitness has been an important part of my life in the past few years. My sister and I are both group fitness instructors, plus my mother recently lost 40 pounds in order to serve in Afghanistan (she left Wednesday). It’s been a family affair and I love that we can bond and stay healthy at the same time.
What an awesome weekend for me in the fitness department! I’m not even sure where to begin! Well, I am currently training for the Honolulu Marathon with Team 2 End AIDS (T2). T2 is a training endurance program where participants raise money for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and raise awareness by participating in certain events such as the Chicago Marathon and Chicago Triathlon. Not only did I run a very nice 10 miler on Saturday, but on Sunday the annual AIDS Run and Walk Chicago happened at Soldier Field. I did not run in the event, but I did volunteer. As a volunteer I got to chat and rub elbows with all of the VIP members, including Wanda Sykes, Jamar Rogers from “The Voice,” and Lt. Governor Sheila Simon. To top it all off, on Monday, my supervisor informed me that I was voted “Fitness Instructor of the Month.” So despite the fact that I had to read approximately 800 pages on a very depressing criminal justice topic this week, my weekend ended on a very high note.
I look forward to sharing my training process with you as I prepare for the Honolulu Marathon in the next few months. I am actually from a suburb 15 minutes outside of Honolulu so I have mastered the art of occupying my time during the nine-hour-long flight. (Tip: Find a show everyone keeps talking about that you haven’t seen yet and download the first season on your laptop for the flight…*cough*Downton Abbey*cough)