My Dream Race (and More)

A couple of weeks ago Richard (Running Schlub) tagged me to answer a few questions about myself. You can read Richard’s answers here and read on to see my answers!

1. What is Something People Would be Surprised to Learn About You?

I’m not sure if this will really surprise anyone or not, but when I’m trying to make it through a hard speedwork interval or a rough patch in a long run I will pretend I’m running a race with Ray Allen as my pacer.

For those who aren’t basketball fans, Ray Allen is a (retired*) NBA player who most recently played for the Miami Heat. He still lives down here in Miami and is always posting pics on Instagram of him running around Miami. He wants to qualify for Boston someday and then run an Ironman!

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I think he would be a really great pacer because I imagine he has tons of interesting stories that he could tell to distract you from the pain/task at hand!

I thought this might surprise some of you because I’ve often said that I daydream about being paced by Scott Jurek. Of course that is my ultimate dream scenario, but most recently I’ve been really inspired by Ray.

*He never officially announced his retirement.Β 

2. When You Were a Kid What Did You Want to Be When You Grew Up?

I wanted to be a variety of different things when I was growing up:

  • Cashier
  • Fighter pilot
  • Astronaut
  • Journalist
  • Music artist manager

I never, ever wanted to work in advertising! haha

When I was really young IΒ really wanted to be a cashier because I thought the buttons on the registered looked like fun to press. I also really wanted to scan items!


My first job was at Walgreens and using a register was every bit as satisfying as I thought it would be. I LOVED being a cashier and often fantasize about the day I retire and can go back to having a job like that where I can run a register again! πŸ™‚

3. Where is Your Favorite Place You’ve Visited?


Hands down the answer to this has to be Paris. I absolutely loved The Louvre and would be thrilled to go back and explore the parts that I had to rush through because we got kicked out at the end of the day.

4. What is One Place on Your Travel Bucket-List?

Just last night Adam asked me what I want to do for my 30th birthday and I said I definitely want to take a trip. Initially I thought I’d like to go back to Paris, but there are so many other places I want to discover too. I’m thinking Spain or Korea for my 30th!

(I was born in Seoul but I came to the USA when I was just 3 months old so I don’t remember anything about it!)_

5. What’s Your Current Go-To Workout Song?

Bad Blood by Taylor Swift! It’s such a good running song!


I also really like Welcome to New York also on Taylor’s 1989 album.

6. What is Your Favorite Distance to Run?

Right now? Three miles. My legs are feeling tired and a nice little run sounds like a great idea.

Ultimately though, I like long runs, and would probably say 14-15 miles are two of my favorite distances to run. That’s longer than a half marathon which makes me feel pretty cool, but it’s not so long that I’m running for a million hours and completely exhausted for the rest of the day!

7. What is Your Dream Race?

The one where I win the the Western States 100.

Oh wait, I’m not supposed to list a race dream, but a dream race? Hmm… running WS100 or the Hardrock 100! Those are both out of the realm of possibility for me, but a girl can dream right?


Realistically, I’d love to do a run in an international location like the Big 5 Marathon in Africa or some place cold where I can run by glaciers.

8. What Would You Do with a $1000 Gift Card?

A $1,000 gift card to where?! This question is so hard to answer. Whenever I receive a gift card I always feel so much pressure to spend it on something really good and I take forever deciding on what to get!

9. If You Could Go on a Bicycle Ride for Two with Anyone, Living or Dead, Who Would It Be?Β 

Ray Allen? See question number one!

10. What is Your Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack?

CHEETOS! YUM! I could eat a whole bag of Natural Baked Cheetos in one sitting. Oh man, yes I could!

Now it’s your turn! Who would YOU go for a bike ride with if it could be with anyone living or dead? Bucket list place to travel to?

PS: If you didn’t catch my 12-mile long run video recap yesterday you can see it here πŸ™‚


  1. Molly

    My first job was also as a cashier at Walgreens! I loved it too – I thought it was a great starter job for high school/college kids.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Me too! For a starter job they really treated their part time employees well. I worked there for three years and I think I got more paid vacation time then than I do now! haha

      I don’t miss straightening shelves though! πŸ˜‰

  2. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    That’s so funny that you wanted to be a cashier when you were younger! I don’t think I have ever heard that one before:)
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      You know me, always dreaming big! haha
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  3. Running Schlub

    Ha…awesome…see, even as long as I’ve been coming here to read, I still learn something new. I think you could totally do Western States or Hardrock, I believe in you. My first job was at Walgreen too, go figure lol.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahah go walgreens! I still prefer it to CVS πŸ˜‰

  4. Kate @ Kate Lives Healthy

    I totally wanted the plastic cash register toy as a child too! I remember always seeing the plastic register, conveyer belt, and plastic food items in the Sear’s wishbook each Christmas. My parents never caved into my begging and bought it though πŸ™
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahaha mine didn’t either. When I got my first computer I remember pretending the mouse was a scanner and the keyword was a register lol!

  5. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    That’s so funny – I also wanted to be a cashier when I was little! Because I thought they got to keep all the money in the register at the end of the day!! Haha!

    I wish more famous people ran and posted on social media about it. I love to follow people’s training, but it’s even more fun with celebs – I love to see how I would stack up against famous people πŸ˜‰ Running – the great equalizer!!

    On my travel bucket list is Canada, or somewhere in northern Europe like Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium…oh and Iceland…never been but for some reason I always imagine them being so peaceful and beautiful and full of natural beauty!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I would love to follow more celebs who run too. It’s a shame that everyone in the world doesn’t post running selfies and Garmin selfies. It should be a rule that if you run you have to document it publicly somewhere so that other runners can be entertained/learned something!

  6. Susan

    I love Ray Allen (or as I like to call him Ray Ray). I have followed him since he played for the Bucks. I have such a crush on him (as well as a lot of other NBA players). If I could take a bike ride w/ someone it would be my mom who passed away in 2005. She was such an amazing woman and we were extremely close. I miss her so much. Bucket list travel is so hard but I would love to visit Greece. The scenery, the architecture and the FOOD! Makes me smile to think about it.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      That is so sweet that you would choose your mom to go on a ride with. What a great, meaningful answer.

      Ray will forever have a place in my heart after that 3-pointer in game 6 of the finals that led to our back-to-back championship run. Ah, the good times. LeBron, why did you have to leave?!

  7. cheryl

    Bucket list travel=Paris!
    I wanted to work at McDonald’s when I was a kid. Dream Big.
    I love that you love Cheetos!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahahah I remember you telling me about McDonald’s before!! That is still the funniest thing I’ve ever heard a run blogger say!

  8. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    GIRL I thoroughly enjoyed my time working as a cashier at a grocery store during college! I loved scanning items, organizing coupons, making sure all the bills in my register were facing the same direction… It was a great job for someone as anal retentive as myself! I think it is so cool you loved it as well! I often say that if running a cash registered had the same hours as teachers and paid the same, I would totally rather do that!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Oh man, you just brought back so many good memories. I loved scanning items, organizing coupons and settling my till if I was the last person to use it at night. I was all about balancing the drawer – so much fun! haha

  9. Bae @ the Riley recap

    Omg I wanted to be a cashier too. I had a toy register and a toy cart, and I used to tape prices to things and make my stepdad “shop” so that I could scan his purchases lol!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahahah we all wanted to be cashiers! We should pool our money together, opening a running store and take turns running the cash register πŸ˜‰

  10. karen

    First, I will take $1000 gift card off your hands, so you don’t have to think too hard about it lol
    I loved playing with a cash register too. Paris is very awesome, but I would pick a new place for your 30th for sure!
    I still want to go to Alaska πŸ™‚
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Oh thank you so much for taking the gift card off of my hands! You’re such a good friend! πŸ˜‰

      Alaska would be great! I really want to go some place where I can see the northern lights at some point… maybe next year!

  11. Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    I also wanted to be a cashier when I grew up! I loved the scanner haha my dream job was Target! Now I realize it probably wouldn’t be that fun.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Oh man, well Target is a good choice for a retail job. I bet they get a discount! πŸ™‚

      Off topic, but I was noticing the other day how they have so much nicer carts then everywhere else! haha

  12. Helly

    Love that you love Ray (and basketball!!). I’d choose Charles Barkley. I know the bike would be easier for him than going for a run lol!
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  13. Annette @ Sweating Through Life

    When I was younger I also wanted to be a cashier because I liked to put things in order in the bags!! Haha. I also really wanted to be a news anchor. I used to set up my desk in my room, write out news stories and pretend I was broadcasting them to my stuffed animals…..
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I didn’t love bagging things but oh did I love scanning things!

      That is soooo cute that you would broadcast the news to your stuffed animals!!!! I love it!

  14. Jennifer @ The Final Forty

    Oh man, my 30th birthday is coming up next month (YIKES) and I STILL have yet to figure out what the heck I want to do! Your plans sound MUUUUUUCCCCHHHH more amazing!
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  15. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    I learned something new today – had no idea who Ray is! Interesting about the cashier job. I did work at Kohl’s for a holiday season and it was good work. The time flies by, and you get a great discount! I’m like you with the gift card. It takes me forever to decide. You don’t want to feel like you just went out and wasted it on something!!!
    Good luck on your 100 miler dream. You should read about my husband’s first 100 miler. I linked it up on this post. Dream big, it’s a possibility!!
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