Sarah Palin Loves To Run

The August 2009 cover of Runner’s World features none other than VP Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In the cover article “I’m A Runner,” the 45 year old Governor of Alaska talked with the magazine about her life long passion for running. As opposed to the Katie Couric interview in which she couldn’t drop the name of a newspaper she read, this interview reads quite smoothly and amazingly the woman even managed to link God’s greatness to running. My only problem: the photos portray Palin all done up and ready to run right on into a House of Representatives meeting, not the Alaska land front. But at least she defended herself saying, “When I run, I’m totally incognito because I’m not wearing the trough full of makeup. I can go running through a mob of tourists and they don’t recognize me.” After the jump, more interview tidbits fromwhat shoes Palin likes to sport to why she named her kid Track.On running during the campaign:

“A great frustration I had during the campaign was when the McCain staff wouldn’t carve out time for me to go for a run. The days never went as well if I couldn’t get out there and sweat.”

On running at John McCain’s ranch:

“My favorite thing in the world is to run on hot, dusty roads. I don’t get enough of that in Alaska. So I was in heaven and there were plenty of hills so I knew my thighs were going to just throb and my lungs were going to burn and that’s what I crave.”

On being a running Alaskan:

“There are runners all over our state. I’m just one of hundreds of thousands out there getting that good clean Alaskan air whether it’s 20 below or 60 with the sun shining at midnight.”

On the running scenery in Alaska:

“I see God’s hand all over this place. As I get out there and run, I see the most beautiful signs of this evolutionary process that has created the mountains and the glacial retreats that have left the valleys and the rivers”

On the running shoes she wears:

“I’m into Asics right now. I was into Nikes forever because the way the shoes fit was so predictable. But then a friend of mine put me in a pair of Asics—Gel something, I don’t remember what they’re called—and I loved them.”

On naming her son Track:

“But the most precious experience I’ve had running was a few summers ago when I was training for a marathon and my son Track—and I named him Track for running—would drive out in front of me and plant water bottles along the route.”

On the non-partisan aspect of running:

“Oh, thank God, it’s nonpartisan. It doesn’t matter your background, your demographics, your race, your political affiliation—it’s such a uniting, healthy, fun, awesome activity.”

On the music she listens to during runs:

“I kick off my runs with the old Van Halen and AC/DC, then I get into my country music, then I always wrap it up with a couple of mellow Amy Grant songs.”

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