A year in moments #7 – the last kilometre

My legs ached with every step. Every time my feet touched the ground, the pressure shot up into my hips, making it feel like my hip joints were grinding, bone on bone, in their sockets. The soles of my feet were sore, I could feel each small pebble through the bottom of my trainers. One … Continue reading A year in moments #7 – the last kilometre

A year in people #74 – Emma

“Tara! I need your help.” My friend Emma shouted from downstairs. “I think you need to call an ambulance.” She was staying with me after an operation in which a metal coil was put down the main (femoral) artery in her leg.  “I think something’s bleeding inside, it’s happened really quickly.” She lifted the covers … Continue reading A year in people #74 – Emma

Ultra-Trail Australia: 50km and 2500m of sheer joy

Or should that be sheer hell? One of the hardest races I've done, but one of the most satisfying and one of the best weekends for fun. Each year in May the town of Katoomba is descended upon by thousands of runners keen to take on the quad-busting ascents and descents of the trails in … Continue reading Ultra-Trail Australia: 50km and 2500m of sheer joy

Cycling the Carretera Austral, Chile

It’s Christmas 2016 and I’m running full pelt through Madrid airport to catch a connecting flight that’s about to leave (I’d already missed my original one due to delays) to take me to Santiago, Chile. I eventually arrive to find my luggage didn’t make it. I’m not surprised; delays and me catching a different flight … Continue reading Cycling the Carretera Austral, Chile

Training: Week Thirteen

With the arrival of August came mild panic. Shit feels like it's getting real. However, I also ONLY BLOODY WENT AND RAN A MARATHON*!! AND one that had the equivalent climb the height of Ben Nevis (I ran the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge route). The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, … Continue reading Training: Week Thirteen

Training: Week Eleven

This week I turn my attention to some of the people that are running with me on my training (mainly because I want to ignore the fact I missed my long run on Sunday). They're all taking part in the self-named £2 training plan. Come help me train, give me £2 for charity. I did … Continue reading Training: Week Eleven

Training: Week Six

What a week. Almost seems to have lasted more than a week for some reason. Maybe because I was away last weekend in Wales, then straight to London for 3 days and then the rest of the week is just a blur of hardly being at home. Out and about pretty much the entire time. … Continue reading Training: Week Six

Training: Week Three

I'm getting into the groove of this now. The groove of trying to fit training around other commitments, or commitments around the training. The running is not so bad as that's pretty easy to fit around most things as I can always get up really early, fit a quick one in at lunchtime or run later … Continue reading Training: Week Three

It all starts with a click

It's oh-so-easy to do stuff on the internet. A couple of clicks and before you know it you've bought a 100 pack of tennis balls, £40 of shampoo or entry to a desert ultramarathon. The latter is me this week. I've signed up for the Wadi Rum Ultra in Jordan. This October I will be … Continue reading It all starts with a click