Hi! Welcome to my blog. Here you will find the ramblings of a gal who loves life, her husband, her children, running, teaching, sipping wine with a girlfriend, and helping others.

Life is too short not to say what you need to say, do what your heart desires, and make someone smile everyday.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, I have so many amazing experiences to reflect back on.  Over the past 365 days I have met so many new people, walked over 600 training miles with my bestie, started my Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. ran and/or walked a half marathon, bought a cabin in the mountains, completed the Komen 3 day - 60 mile walk for breast cancer, helped Meghan plan her wedding, helped Ashley move into her own apartment, had a blast at the King/ Hill family reunion, rescued two sweet little dogs, and have fallen more in love with my husband than I ever imagined.  I traveled to DC 3 times in 6 months for work and had an amazing time exploring at night.

The year has also come with some difficult moments.  We lost our 13-year-old golden retriever, Jesse in May.  My father continues to struggle with stage 4 colon cancer.

I am so excited for 2014.  The year will start out with a wedding - now that's what I call a start with a bang!  I have several races scheduled and have decided to volunteer more for races and events.  As for work, I have many goals I hope to achieve.  I will continue to volunteer on the committee that takes me to DC and I hope to continue growing as an accreditation reviewer for the American Physical Therapy Association.  I absolutely love teaching at the college level and hope to continue to grow as a faculty member.  And, I will be heading to the mountain every chance I get!

I wish you and your family a wonderful, blessed, exciting and adventurous 2014!  xoxo

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Komen 3 Day - 60 Miles.... in the bag

WOW!  I can hardly believe that we did it!  We've been training since April and I seriously had my doubts that we could actually cross that 60 mile finish line!  There were so many 4 a.m. training walks that were just plain painful to get up for.  My team leader, best friend, motivator and occasional pain in the ass, Denise Little was amazing.  You would think that after spending 6 months of walking together that we would get sick of talking to each other.  But that didn't happen.  For me, the most incredible and moving part of the whole 3 day experience was the cheering and smiling faces all along the route. Total strangers encouraging us to keep going -  keep putting one foot in front of the other.  We had water stations, snack and candy stations and an occasional "adult beverage" secret station.  I could not have done it without my family and friends.  It is an experience I will never forget.  As for the survivors and my friends who are battling breast cancer at this time, I am so humbled by your courage and your fight to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  

Saturday, September 28, 2013

There are only 6 weeks left until the Komen 3 Day!  Where has the time gone?  I have been horrible at updating my blog - time just seems to fly.  
Today was an 18 mile training walk and it was brutal.  My hips hurt and I think my pinkie toes are going to fall off.  I packed protein pancakes and we stopped several times for coffee, stretching and rest.  It took 8 hours to walk 18.3 miles ...... 8 hours of walking!  I cant remember ever doing anything for 8 hours straight in my whole life! 

I am so glad we did it today because it was a real eye opener for me in many ways.  I did change socks half way but I should have changed again.  It was cold this morning (54 degrees) and I wore long leggings but, by noon I was really warm.  The high today is 91!  My pack will hold a lot but I'm not sure I can get a whole change of clothes in there.    

I also noticed that I ran out of energy really fast!  By 13 miles I was really hungry and a protein bar was not going to cut it.  As a vegetarian, I am going to have to spend some time really looking at my food options.  We burned over 2000 calories but I think I took in probably 700.  That's a big difference.  I will be searching for good carbs, fats and proteins that I can fit in my big fanny pack.  

I have trained over 475 miles since April 1 and have raised $2018.00.  Almost there!!  

6 more weeks and the day is here!  I'm so excited and encouraged by my friends's and family's support.  I am grateful for ice packs, Advil, public restrooms and my Bestie and walking partner Denise - Team Leader for our Soul Sisters team.  

Thanks for checking in!  To help out please go to www.the3day.org\goto\KellyKing

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Update on the journey - May 2013

I can't believe it's already May!  It seems like just yesterday it was the first of the year!  My journey continues toward the 3 Day 60 mile walk for breast cancer.  I have walked over 65 miles (I run on occasion - I just can't help myself. :) and have raised $775 toward my goal of $2300.

By far the most adventurous walking so far was in Washington DC last week with Fred.  We covered many miles and had a blast doing it.  I was so bummed when we arrived in DC Sunday morning to see the Nike Women's Half Marathon taking place.  Darn it !  It looked like such a great race.

I am committed to the 3 day and I'm excited to continue to train.  The fundraising is more difficult than I ever imagined.  I know that perseverance and excitement will pay off! 

Thank you for your support!  You can help by going to www.the3day.org/goto/KellyKing

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Follow my journey..... Komen 3-Day

  Here I go again!  Taking on a new challenge - this one definitely takes me out of my comfort zone.... in more ways than one.  I am slowing the pace down and have committed to walk 20 miles for 3 consecutive days for the Susan G Komen 3-Day in Phoenix.  The event is in November and you can bet your sweet ta-ta's that I have started training.  I find it challenging to walk and not take off running. Slowing down the pace is like changing from a ski boat to a canoe.  There is so much more time to think, pray, contemplate life when I'm walking.

The other challenge is the fundraising.... definitely out of my comfort zone.  To date I have had the blessing of $600 in donations and I'm grateful for each and every dollar.  My goal is $2300 and I have faith and confidence that I can make that goal.

So far I've covered 34 miles since April 1.  Stay tuned.... it's going to get crazy!!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!  2013 is off to a great start.  I can't believe it's been 2 months since I last posted.  I would be a horrible blogger.... good thing it's not my day job!
Before heading into 2013 I spent some time reflecting on my journey through 2012.  I am not  typically an retro-thinker and dwell on the past.  However, 2012 had some pretty amazing moments that I wanted to memorialize.  It was a year of journeying into who I am at this stage in my life.  Turning 50 was quite momentous for me.  I think I have been fighting the anticipation of that day for a few years now.  I did not, in any way, shape or form want to be 50.  I think I built it into a jumping off place into old age, senior discounts, "it's all downhill from here".  The journey through 2012 helped me to understand that I am not who I was when I was in my 30's and 40's and I'm actually grateful for that.  I am now very confident in who I am.  I don't find myself consumed with what others might think about what I'm wearing, what I say, a decision I make or my opinion.  I noticed I was finding joy in some of the smaller, less obvious moments in  my life.  I had journeyed away from my marriage in both my mind and my heart but 2012 was about a journey back home.  I continued to run but found running more satisfying when I wasn't running away from my life but rather running toward it. And, running became less of an obsession and more of a hobby.
2012 was all about coming home... home to myself ..... home to a new self that was the result of many mistakes and many successes over the past few years.  I am so grateful to be home, to be loved, forgiven, blessed, joyous, and at peace.

Now.... let the 2013 shenanigans begin!