Hi I’m Taylor Penrod.
Welcome to What I Wore (On My Run)! This blog debuted on June 2, 2011 and through it I hope to provide a glimpse into my life as a runner while providing tips on appropriate running apparel and gear. Whether you are a beginning runner learning to dress for the weather or a veteran seeking to add to your closet, I hope you will find inspiration in my pictures and writing.
Please enjoy my posts and understand the opinions expressed here are my own and do not reflect the beliefs or opinions of my partners. Have questions or ideas? Feel free to contact me at WoreOnMyRun@gmail.com.
Although my interest in running began in middle school, I mostly used the activity as a tool for training for my other sport interests: field hockey, soccer and basketball. In 2001, as a high school freshman, I joined the Torrey Pines High School (San Diego, CA) track team and although I was strictly a 400/800 runner I was swayed to join cross country after posting a solid time in what I believed to be the “longest race ever” (the mile).
After two incredible seasons of cross country and track with the Falcons, my family moved to Barrington, IL (a Chicago suburb). While at Barrington I established some amazing friendships on route to securing the school’s first state cross country team title in 2003.
Upon graduation I competed for DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) in what can only be described as the best four years of my life. During my time as a Tiger I helped lead the team to a 7th place finish at the 2007 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship.
As a post-collegiate runner, I continued my high mileage (65+ miles per week) and ambitious goals (improving my 5k and 1500 times on the track) until I injured my hip snowboarding in 2009. After a long process, I finally had surgery in July 2010 to repair three tears in my labrum. With a few aches and pains I am now back to running on a regular basis and still hoping to someday post some quick times on the track.
Needless to say, running is not just something I do, it is a part of who I am. After completing an MS in Kinesiology at Indiana University, I recently relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah and am now employed as Track Program Coordinator at the Utah Olympic Oval and as an Assistant Cross Country Coach at Westminster College.
In my spare time I also enjoy giving back to the running community through serving as a USATF Association-Level official; my favorite event to volunteer at is the legendary Drake Relays.
Overall this blog is my attempt to share with you my life as a runner through highlighting running clothes, products, and training tips. I hope you enjoy it!
Thanks for reading!