Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who just resigned from her position on Friday, reveals her secrets to be one of the sexiest women in politics in an interview for the latest issue of Runner’s World (August 2009).
Palin keeps in shape with regular runs. The 45 year-old hockey mom, who has been running for 35 years, talks about her favorite running music and how her favorite movies are about sports. Here are some highlights from Sarah Palin’s Runner’s World interview:
On whether she’s ever run with President Obama: “I would, absolutely. I would and people have asked if I’d ever challenge him to one-on-one because we both love basketball. But look, he towers over me and I wouldn’t be complaining about an unfair advantage there, but maybe I’d do better playing H-O-R-S-E with him than one-on-one.”
On whether she could beat the President in a race: “I betcha I’d have more endurance. My one claim to fame in my own little internal running circle is a sub-four (hour) marathon. It wasn’t necessarily a good running time, but it proves I have the endurance within me to at least gut it out and that is something. If you ever talk to my old coaches, they’d tell you, too. What I lacked in physical strength or skill I made up for in determination and endurance. So if it were a long race that required a lot of endurance, I’d win.”
On never having run with her former running mate, John McCain: “I used to joke around with John McCain during the campaign about coming jogging with me. And once I asked him what his favorite exercise was, and he said, ‘I go wading.’ Wading. He lives on a creek in Arizona, so he goes wading. That cracked me up.”
On Chariots of Fire being her favorite running movie: “[It's] absolutely beautiful. My favorite movies are sports movies, Hoosiers, Rudy. They both were about the underdog working hard and being successful because preparation met opportunity at the right time. I love those movies.”
On whether she listens to music during her runs: “When I do listen, I crank up old Van Halen, old AC/DC. I have a nice routine: 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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