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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Run Girl Run

As you may know, I've started working out in a gym at least 3 or 4 times a week. This week has wrecked havoc, because of the dread DNC, and I fear more of the same for the RNC. But maybe Governor Palin might just help me out.

I think I could make her my workout buddy (seeing as how my real workout buddy, my mother, has pulled out twice already). Why should McCain hog her as RUNNING mate? Ahem, sorry.

Now, I love running, but sometimes I lose focus. Not so with Governor Palin, whose eldest son was called Track by her husband, because he was born during that sport's season.

(Remind me to update "Things I like About Palin")

Remember, folks. She is a marathoner and athlete in Alaska not Central Park West. Those midnight runs she'll talk about below -- in the dead cold of winter. God, who is this lady? Superwoman?

Via the always informative JSU, here's our generation's Linda Carter's routine:

"Conventional running is my sanity," Gov. Palin says. Having recently given birth to her fifth child, the governor is trying to get back to her old workout routine. She was running 7 to 10 miles almost every day but switched to aerobics classes at her gym when she became pregnant. She has worked her way back up to running three miles every other day.

In the summer, when it's always light, she'll sometimes run as late as midnight. In the dead of winter, when it's dark, she sneaks in an afternoon run, or else grudgingly runs on the treadmill at home or at the gym in the evening. Gov. Palin keeps dumbbells at home, but she says most of her upper body strength comes from snowmobiling with her family. "It's the best upper body workout you could ever have," she says. "You're maneuvering through hundreds of pounds of powder." (Todd is a four-time champion of the Tesoro Iron Dog, the world's longest snowmobile race.)

Diet pitfall

"My family and I eat a healthy diet heavy in wild Alaskan seafood, moose, caribou and fresh fruit," she says. "I guess my biggest pitfall is breakfast. I know it's the most important meal of the day but I still haven't bought into it. I hate to admit it, but a skinny white-chocolate mocha is my staple in the morning."

Workout gear

"My ideal fantasy is to be running on a hot dusty road just wearing running shorts and some kind of top that wicks away sweat. But in reality I'm running in 20-below temperatures, so I wear layers of fleece and always a good outdoor waterproof trail shoe. Right now I've been running in Nike Air Structure Triax. And I always wear sunglasses. My kids tell me to put them on so I don't freak people out when they see me with a goofy hairdo and no makeup."

While I'm working out

"I'm thinking about my next speech. I usually write my best speeches and letters [in my head] while out running. That is my inspired time."

Postworkout food

"Nothing. I just drink water."

Workout pitfall

"Being pregnant every few years. If I get lazy and go weeks or months without exercising it's not because of circumstances but because I'm being less disciplined. Shame on me."

P.S.: I'm getting those Nikes! The clogs...well, that's another story.

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