Taran started working out on the elliptical at her gym because she felt like it was easier than running. The cardio machines were on the second floor, overlooking the first floor, where people were lifting weights. "I would work out on the elliptical for 30 to 60 minutes and admire all the women downstairs lifting weights, and even the men, too," Taran said. She wanted to be down there with them, but the elliptical was comfortable, and she didn't feel confident to try.
After losing about 30 pounds, Taran slowly started running a half a mile a few times a week until several months later when she could run a 5K. She also started taking her two dogs on longer 3.5-mile walks with one of her friends most mornings and evenings.