Its been a tough couple of days.  Its the last week of the fiscal year at work, which is incredibly stressful.  It also happens to be the week of the Hogsback Half Marathon.  So both of my “jobs” are demanding quite a bit of time, energy and effort.  I’m also having a lot of body image / ED issues.  Shaun is doing a fantastic job losing weight since eliminating sugar and processed foods from his diet.  I am so proud of him but his ability to lose weight also compounds my frustration about the fact that I can’t get my body to behave no matter what I do.  I’m a bit at my wits end.

This morning was particularly tumultuous as Shaun and I tried to grapple with all the runners requesting entry into the Hogsback Half Marathon even though its sold out and we have no additional bib numbers.  I love race directing and I love being able to raise money for causes I believe in (Running for Rescues is beyond awesome) but it can drive me crazy.  Sometimes I feel like I get massive amounts of blow back when all I am trying to do is make everyone happy — As an aside, does anyone have any good ideas on how to deal with runners who miss out on registration?  We get the full full gamut of e-mails, sob stories, bribes, name drops, pleading and even threats (if I can’t register I’ll just bandit) and I feel like there is no good response / solution — I don’t want the 1/4 Marathon, Solstice Sprint and Hogsback to be ordinary races, I want them to be extraordinary.  Sometime when I strive, I can stumble. 

In the midst of all this drama, there are two things that are making me really happy right now. 

First I discovered my promo ad for the ING Hartford Marathon Aiello Elite Inspiration Team.  The ad is awesome, truly, truly awesome.  I want to get a print made and have it framed for my work office (and maybe the home office too).  I’m incredibly honored to be part of a group of nine outstanding individuals and it feel really nice to be recognized for my hard work. 

Second, early this year I commissioned Cookie Cowgirl to design and bake cookies for the Hogsback Half Marathon.  Here’s what she did.  I was absolutely blown away by her designs.  I can’t wait for the runners to see the cookies, they’re almost too cute to eat.  

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Kelly Burns Gallagher

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


Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman · September 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Those cookies will certainly not be too cute to eat on race day!! hehe

I think getting that image framed is a great idea! It shows off one of the MANY ways you’ve made a difference in the community and sport. I vote yes!

As I noted before, I think the registration should be left as is. There are always people who wish they had gotten in and I can’t imagine the methods they’ll use in order to try and get in, but it’s a fair enough warning beforehand and having a sold out race makes it more desirable in the eyes of the participants! Plus, there’s a lot of insurance and permits that force the limit aside from the thought of just wanting to create a good experience.

Finally, stress can do a bang up job on getting gummed up in your plans. Get through the week, get some “me” time and then let things fall back into place. Some times you have to let go of the reins in order to get back on track and stay sane in the mean time.

Can’t wait for Hogsback!!

Jennifer · September 27, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Really excited for this race. A friend found it and we are super excited to run it. And excited for the medal and the pink shirts. Don’t let people bully you in!

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