Team: Try a Tri
My name is Taylor. I’m 23 years old and was born and raised in Peru, IL with my parents, older sister and puppy, Bagel. I graduated from college at Northern Illinois University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.
My fitness journey began before moving to Chicago in June 2013. I had gained well over the “Freshman 15” while in college and the summer before moving, I decided I needed to make a change. I started by following the Tone It Up workouts, walking to and from work and running on the treadmill at the gym. I signed up for 5K “fun runs” and signed up for my first half marathon to force myself to continue running. I started with 11-minute miles and by the end of my training, was able to complete a 7-minute mile. Last May, I ran my first half marathon in under 2 hours.
Fast forward to 2015, I’m 50 pounds lighter thanks to the Tone It Up workouts, walking, running, fitness classes and my nutrition plan. I’ve lost pounds and inches, but I’ve gained so much more in terms of confidence, happiness, endurance and strength. I’ve never looked or felt better in my entire life.
I love trying new things, and with my new body and mindset, I realize I’m capable of anything I set my mind to! I have completed 5Ks, 10Ks, 15Ks, half marathons, GoRucks, Tough Mudders, and more. This year, I have a goal to complete at least one race per month. I have always wanted to complete a triathlon, and I’m beyond excited for the opportunity to train for one as well as learn and grow, physically and mentally, along the way.