An Introduction to Buddhism and meditation

In July 2013, I spent 10 days in silence at a Buddhist meditation retreat in India. Here's what I had to say about it back then: I’ve just spent 10 days in silence. Actual silence. No talking, no communicating with anyone. You might find this funny. Or wonder how I did it. You see, I... Continue Reading →

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I’m taking any help I can get.

This ultramarathon lark is not just something I can wing this time (believe me, I've relied on this as a tried and tested method in the past, with varying success). Nope, I need all the help I can get. So, as part of my ultramarathon training, the other month I took a trip to see... Continue Reading →

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 Ten

Miles told me my weekly training updates are getting a bit 'samey'. He described them as "Tara runs a lot. Repeat." Sadly I KNOW THIS. What do you think it's like for me? Ha. I'm now, at week ten, up to the maximum training duration. From now, it's just KEEP REPEATING that every week until... Continue Reading →

Wadi Rum Ultra: Kit List

I haven't got all my kit yet and I'm still testing stuff out so I'll keep adding to this as I go along but this is my kit that I've chosen to use so far, both for my training and in the race: Backpack I've gone for the 2016 model of Salomon S Lab Adv... Continue Reading →

Training: Week Nine

Monday. Sometimes the hardest day of the week, and never more so than when a busy weekend has been had. I got up on Monday morning feeling like I'd been hit by a truck. If you've ever done a big physical event then you'll know the feeling I'm on about. Devoid of energy, the body... Continue Reading →

Training: Week Eight

This week's been a blur of squeezing in runs in between packing and moving boxes. So much so that I have to look at photos to remember what I've actually done this week. I had new kit to wear so that was pretty exciting. Yes, I am a kit wanker this week. Shiny new trainers,... Continue Reading →

Training: Week Seven

I've bloody enjoyed training this week. Maybe it was the great locations I've ran in. Or the people I've ran with. Or the weather. Or maybe it's the fact that I've been as busy as shit, so the time out to do training has been a welcome respite and time to clear the head. Yep,... Continue Reading →

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