Author Archives: Kelly Burns Gallagher

About Kelly Burns Gallagher

mccarter english employment litigator / oiselle team runner / coeur sports triathlete / sonic endurance coach & race director / writer / dartmouth '02 / emorylaw '05

Our (Second) First Mother’s Day

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in #OwenOtter | Life | Little Otter | New Mom | Post Partum | Ryan - (0 Comments)
38 weeks old.  There's no ambiguity about how much we love the Squish.

I have a really complicated relationship with Mother’s Day.  I took Ivy for a run yesterday and while running across a cross walk on the rail trail a guy in a huge pick up truck, slowed down, rolled down the window and shouted “Happy Mother’s Day!” to us.  That random act of kindness made me …
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Some Random Thursday

May 12th, 2017 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Life | Little Otter | New Mom | Post Partum | Running | Ryan - (0 Comments)
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Not long ago Ryan posted about what a day looks like from his perspective.  While we have quite a bit of overlap, we are married and raising Ivy together, there are differences.  No two days are alike but here’s my Thursday May 11, 2017. 4:15 a.m. – Ryan’s alarm goes off for the first time. …
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Tripping Over My Privilege

May 10th, 2017 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Little Otter | Post Partum | Running | Swimming | Weight Struggles - (0 Comments)

For the first time in a while I’ve had a really good week of training.  Training Peaks is filled with green boxes, I’ve actually done my core work, I’ve hit my bike power numbers and I’ve found time to get to the pool and swim (despite a multiple day shutdown due to filtration issues). At …
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Retro Run 5K – Creating a Race

May 3rd, 2017 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in #OwenOtter | Race Directing | Ryan - (0 Comments)
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Its just over two weeks until the first (annual) Retro Run 5K.  Despite the fact that I’ve been a race director for over ten years, starting a new race is always really hard.   When Ryan and I decided that we were going to raise $10,000 in memory of Owen we knew that we need to …
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The Road to $10,000

April 13th, 2017 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in #OwenOtter | Ironman | Life | Little Otter - (0 Comments)
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As many of you know Ryan and I are working to raise $10,000 for the Adirondack Medical Center through the Ironman Foundation (Ryan is racing Ironman Lake Placid).  The $10,000 number is important because its the cost of a NICU incubator.  Due to current resources in the High Peaks region of New York state (where …
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Frequent Failure

April 10th, 2017 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Life | Little Otter | New Mom | Random | Ryan | Weight Struggles - (1 Comments)
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Last week on the trainer I watched The Barkley Marathons Documentary on Netflix (side note, if you haven’t watched it, you should).  Lazarus Lake, the founder and race director of The Barkley Marathon made a comment that really stuck with me — “You can’t really accomplish anything without the possibility of failure.”  In my life, personal …
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Today (April 1, 2017) marked the eleventh running of the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon.  It was super cold and windy with a generous helping of rain, sleet and snow.  Of all the races I’ve directed (we’re now up to four a year), this one was the most challenging.  To start things off, Ivy woke up …
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Fat Otters Don’t Need Food

March 29th, 2017 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Post Partum | Weight Struggles - (2 Comments)

A lot of my life involves pictures.  Pictures I take of Ivy.  Family selfies of me, Ryan, Ivy and Owen Otter.  Pictures to publicize races and events.  And pictures others take of me.  A few weeks ago, we had our #OwenOtter fundraiser at the Hooker Brewery.  The event was a huge success and we raised …
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14 Weeks – So Many Excuses, So Little Time

March 16th, 2017 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Injury | MavMulti | New Mom | Post Partum | Travel - (0 Comments)

When I woke up on Monday morning (actually when I woke up for the second time — Ivy was up at 1:30 a.m. but I didn’t check my email during that particular late night frolic) I found the following note from my coach in my Training Peaks account: Did I read that correctly?  Fourteen weeks …
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Fundraising for Owen – Running / Triathlon Raffle

February 28th, 2017 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in #OwenOtter | Giveaway | Ironman - (0 Comments)

Our efforts to raise funds for the Adirondack Medical Center in memory (and honor) of #OwenOtter continue (if you like to know more about Owen please check out our posts here and here)!  So far, we’ve surpassed $2,000 in donations, but there’s a long way to go to hitting the magic $10,000 number by the time Ryan …
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