Hullabaloo: friend or foe?


Hullabaloo: a very noisy and confused situation

I looked at this word and at first thought — what the heck will I write about? I’m not going to get into a situation that was/is most definitely a hullabaloo right now in the States.

Then I read the definition.

Hullabaloo definitely describes a lot of race start lines. It’s why it’s so intimidating for a new runner:

  • Where do I go?
  • What the heck is a corral & how do I find mine?
  • When should I get there?
  • Who are all these people?
  • I’m just sure they’re all faster & I’ll be last
  • Are they looking at me & laughing at my cluelessness?

Sometimes races in general can be a hullabaloo — they can be a hot mess:

  • Too few portapotties
  • Too much walking to get to the portapotties
  • Not enough direction
  • Confusion about the start line
  • Running out of promised aid
  • Running out of promised bling/swag
  • Starting late

And then there is the finish line  — a most definite hullabaloo filled with music, announcers, the ever ticking clock, screaming spectators — unless you’re very BOTP, and then you may miss out on all the motivation that a great finish line has to offer.

Some runners never race or rarely race because they just can’t deal with all that hullabaloo. Most of us, though, thrive on it — it’s why my best finish times are at races, not in training runs.

I need that hullabaloo to do my best.

Deb Runs

Tell me in the comments:

Are you put off by the hullabaloo of racing?

Or do you thrive on the hullabaloo of racing?

How about New Years: enjoy the hullabaloo, or ring it in in the comfort of your own home?

19 thoughts on “Hullabaloo: friend or foe?

  1. The hullabaloo of certain races can definitely be energizing and fun. And I do enjoy that from time to time. But, I don’t feel I need it. I’m partial to my nice, quiet, calm runs. It’s very possible that could be more of a mental state of mind than anything else.

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  2. For the most part, I don’t mind the hullabaloo. Sometimes, it’s a bit much…when there are SO many clueless lost peeps wandering aimlessly in masses…..But I also recognize there was a time when I was one of those lost peeps. Somehow, despite the craziness, I kept going back for more of the craziness 😉

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  3. The one-and-only DC Hot Chocolate 15K was one big hullabaloo, and I didn’t even think of it when writing this WW. My husband and I definitely don’t like the hullabaloo associated with New Year’s Eve, preferring to stay in instead and watch the college bowl games.

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. We don’t go out on New Years either-sometimes we go out for an early dinner, because I’m a pumpkin & I’m in bed my normal time. I have s “race” the next day (not chip timed), although thankfully it doesn’t start till noon.

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