Running, relaxing in Waikiki

Kandyce Baker, a grad student in criminology, law and justice, shares her experiences each week about what it’s like to be a UIC student. Read a new update every weekday from our five “I Am UIC” bloggers.

Kandyce Baker

“I Am UIC” blogger Kandyce Baker ran the Honolulu Marathon.

I did it! I ran the Honolulu Marathon!

On Friday, Dec. 7, I landed at Honolulu International Airport. After a bunch of unexpected stress involving loose ends I forgot to tie up in Chicago, I was finally able to relax in Waikiki. This relaxation lasted all of 12 hours. On Dec. 9, I had to wake up at 1:30 a.m.! After a quick breakfast, stretching and prayer, I made my way down to the starting line of the Honolulu Marathon!

I finished in 7:14:20. I know this may seem a little long, but miles 20-25 were all uphill. I ended up finishing about dead center of my age and gender class. My legs, back and arms are SUPER sore, but getting that medal and finishers T-shirt was well worth it!

It feels great to be back in Hawaii. I got to meet up with old friends from high school, hang out with other Team to End Aids participants from across the U.S., relax by the beach, and get a free massage and other cool free stuff for finishing the race. Some say that Honolulu is paradise; however, I just can’t shake the feeling that Chicago trumps Honolulu.

Even though most people do not get to finish off their finals week in Honolulu, Hawaii, I encourage all of you to keep exploring our great city.

Free Thing To do This Weekend: 

Have you heard the caroling going on at Millennium Park? This free program, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, showcases Chicago choral groups and invites visitors to participate in a holiday sing-along. The last caroling events takes place at 6 p.m. Friday.

Hope you guys are enjoying your break!

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