My name is Tara.  I currently live in Little Rock, Arkansas and I moved here, very reluctantly, from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area after having been informed by the University of North Texas that they would no longer take my money due to my lackluster performance.  Fortunately, a wonderful program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock – the Donaghey Scholars Program – was much more interested in my potential and offered me a full scholarship.

I’d run the mile in high school track, but was told by an old, curmudgeonly orthopedic physician during my senior year that I would “likely need a hip replacement by the time you’re in your 40s.”  Hmm.  Well, heating pads and cortisone injections did not suit me and I found my own remedy for my “trochanteric bursitis” — staying active in a safer, more purposeful way.  During my time at UALR, I met a young lady who shared my interest in running. We set out to run our first 5K together at a local Race for the Cure event; not only did we finish, but we finished in the top 300 of over 30,000 participants which earned us MEDALS! Ahh, the power of a medal…Tara 1

Several 5Ks, a few 8Ks, 10Ks, 15Ks, fourteen half marathons and three marathons later, here I am!  I am completely in love with running and I hope to be able to continue for many more years.  I’ve learned most of what I know about running from the FANTASTIC running community in central Arkansas and other great resources. As one who has never completely felt like I fit in, I always feel accepted as a runner. Running has been a catalyst for me to get to know myself and so many others along the way; I still run every week with folks I met during my first training run for my first half marathon…over 10 years ago.

Much like running, reading has always been a way for me to travel to new places, experience new things and be whoever I want to be; reading is a powerful privilege and I enjoy sharing my love of reading with anyone and everyone I can.  Reading was a great way to get away from my little brother and it’s still a great way to get away from cleaning bathrooms and washing clothes. I enjoy many genres including, but not limited to, literary and popular fiction, mystery and suspense, and nonfiction (especially related to sports and history); I also admit to being a cookbook junkie.

I decided to start Running ‘n’ Reading in an effort to share my reading hits and misses and illuminate the work of newer authors.  I love discussing books with other book lovers and hope to connect with as many as I can here.  In addition, I want to become more open about my running goals, fears, questions and accomplishments; I have found so much support in the running community and I hope to meet new runners who are looking to fit in wherever they are. I am happy to share my journey with each and every one of you who choose to visit this site and travel along with me! Feel free to contact me via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email me at runningnreading@gmail.com.