Run Wild 5K.


Running has always been a challenge for me. When choosing a workout, I would never think, “Let’s go for a run!!!”

So, why now?

Improving my fitness level is my top priority. In my Keep Me Accountable. post, I noted that I want to be able to run a 5K in less than 30 minutes. Hopefully, training will lead me to completing a half-marathon or even a marathon, which is such a great physical feat. Plus, all you need are a pair of shoes and the will to run, right?

To see where my time currently stood, I participated the Run Wild 5K on the 4th of July. Let me tell you: it was hot. This was my first time ever running in the Texas summer heat. I’ve lived here all my life and I can never get used to this heat – more so, running in it.

Well, I did finish the 5K, and it took almost 51 minutes…


The problem was not my time, it was my mentality. I kept beating myself down because I could see people passing me and I felt like I was too slow. People could walk faster than I could walk/run a 5K!

One important lesson that I need to learn is to not compare myself to others. There will always be people who are faster and better. There will be people who have ran and trained longer than I have.

Then, there’s me: a 50:48 finisher who just started.

It can only get better from here.


~ gwinger


Keep Me Accountable.


I finally finished college, moved to a new city, settled in my big-girl job, and just turned 24. There should be nothing holding me back from my goals – seriously though, no more excuses. For now, let’s keep this post short and sweet:

By the age of 25:

  • Complete a 5K Run in less than 30 minutes
  • Complete a 10K Run
  • Complete the entire MS 150 (if the weather will ever permit)
  • Learn to swim
  • Fill up a sketch book

By the age of 30:

  • Complete a Marathon
  • Complete a Triathlon
  • Participate in a Disney Run challenge event
  • Start my own business
  • Pay off my student loans

And most importantly, be happier with myself.

So here it is: New year, new me, and a new blog – please keep me accountable. 


~ gwinger