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!
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.
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:
- Fighter pilot
- Music artist manager
I never, ever wanted to work in advertising! haha
When I was really young I 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! 🙂
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?
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 🙂