A breath of fresh air, this drama drops behind all the typical kdrama cliche’s and stand out evidently. All the actors’ acting is very natural and nothing overly dramatic. I think that’s the word - dramatic; this series is the opposite of that. I might even dare to call it soothing (but not to be confused with slow-moving ).
The Hero: A soft spoken and selfless athlete who is slowly learning to love himself. He’s the privileged rich kid with a politician dad and a mostly absentee celeb mom, he has grown up on his own. He values honesty, frank attitude and loyalty. He’s an athletic runner (probably related to the title one would think).
The Heroine: A brazen, loyal and beautiful woman, she is upfront in all matters of life. She cannot handle drama that’s not onscreen and deals with everything in a clear cut manner. A huge movie fanatic, she works as a translator for international movies.
Super interesting career roles which I’ve never seen before. The average career’s shown on dramas include law enforcement, shop/cafe owners, business roles or student life. It’s always a little bit thrilling to learn new things when you’re bingeing for entertainment. Somehow makes the time spent not completely wasteful xD
Apart from that, both of these protagonists have very interesting pasts. Honestly, quite surprising.
The Side Characters: Some (like my sister) might like them more than our main couple and its actually a debatable point. After a couple of episodes I don’t even think they can be called as ‘side’ characters for the amount of screen time and attention these characters get. The woman is a potential successor to the family business. She works as a sports agent with our hero as one of her major clients. Nope, there’s no love triangle so rest assured. Her acting is top-notch with a very strong character arc. Her personality stands out as a strong, confident and a go-getter woman.
Her love interest comes in the form of a college student - a budding artist. Something along the lines of a boss-employee romance occurs but I’m very conflicted about their ending (was it a HEA or not?!, so confused atm). I really loved his acting and suave-ness.
I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking to watch a kdrama without the usual masala and drama mixed into it and at the same time is so throughly enjoyable and relaxing.
Meet the cast
Im Si-wan as Ki Seon-gyeom
Kang Tae-oh as Lee Young-hwa
Shin Se-kyung as Oh Mi-joo
Choi Soo-young as Seo Dan-ah