Happy Monday! Hopefully y’all are enjoying this day because Thanksgiving is this week and I’m already thinking about everything that I’m thankful for and planning out my Thanksgiving Day menu. I’m ready to eat, eat, and eat some more. Thankfully (pun intended), I signed up for a 5k on Thanksgiving Day to start my day off the right way. I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks so here is a quick catch up! I am finally feeling better after I had to take eight days off from running thanks to a nasty head cold that made it nearly impossible to breathe. Hooray for not being sick any longer.
I stood before my faculty panel and peers for my exit interview to present my professional teaching portfolio, and I passed with flying colors. It was intimidating but really all I had to do was convince them that I was a worthy and eligible candidate for becoming a teacher. I’m officially certified to teach and will now be on the hunt for a teaching job. Keep your fingers crossed that a position will open up and that I will be employed. I am still working on my Master’s degree and hope to finish that up in spring of 2016. Due to the nature of classes, you can spread it out for as long as you like which is something I’m thankful for since classes are at night. So, you can now start calling me Ms. Godfrey because that is my official title. 🙂
After my exit interview, I hit the road to Chattanooga to see my best friend, Brittney. Since I was already in Knoxville, it barely took me an hour to make the drive down. I loved spending time in her new home and seeing Chattanooga. We ate a LOT of food/desserts and tried out several local joints. We went to this amazing sandwich shop called Golly Whoppers which had the best sandwiches ever and then we snagged some snack size red velvet cheesecake bites. But, of course, we had to get some workouts in. I downloaded a free three-day pass to her gym so that I could attend some fitness classes with her while I was down there. Since I was still battling a cold, we took BodyPump since it required more strength then cardio and then the next day we took Spin which consisted of me just pedaling on the bike. I was glad to get in some fitness after so much time off and I was glad to work up a sweat next to Brittney since she abandoned me and moved farther South. If you ever get the chance to visit Chattanooga, please do!
Marathon training officially started on Saturday and I could not be more excited (and scared)! It feels so good to have a goal on the calendar so far in advance and know that I am responsible for making that goal happen. We kicked off training with a group run with the Knoxville Track Club who offers training for their spring race, Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. I ran 3 miles with a member of this year’s Biggest Winner team and then went back out for another 3 miles with Bryan. Once I got home, my legs were hurting bad. I attribute this to taking so much time off but hey, we all start somewhere. I took an ice bath to help my legs but it was sort of an issue since my legs are too long for my tub. After a short nap, my Momma and I went out for a three-mile walk. I cannot express how glad I was to sleep in yesterday. Hopefully the next five months of training yield strong results and NO injuries.
I hope you all have a great Monday! If I don’t blog before Thursday then have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING and be sure to eat food and NOT feel guilty about it. I look forward to hearing how your holiday went!