Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Palin: I'd Beat Obama In A Run

“Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she'd come out ahead if she went one-on-one with fellow jogger President Barack Obama in a long run, according to an interview published online Tuesday. ‘I betcha I'd have more endurance,’ she told Runner's World magazine. ‘My one claim to fame in my own little internal running circle is a sub-four marathon’ in Anchorage, she said, referring to her 2005 sprint in the Humpy's Marathon in which she beat the four-hour mark by 24 seconds. ‘What I lacked in physical strength or skill, I made up for in determination and endurance,’ she said. The president, who stays fit by starting his day with a workout in the White House gym, is better known for his passion for basketball and has been a frequent golfer in recent weeks. Obama, however, recently acknowledged that he hasn't completely kicked his smoking habit, telling reporters that he does still ‘mess up’ on his pledge to quit smoking. Might Obama join the workout war of words? A message seeking comment Tuesday from the White House by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned. Palin, a 45-year-old former beauty queen who became the first woman and youngest person to be elected Alaska's governor, is featured in the August issue of the magazine for running aficionados. She was dubbed the country's ‘hottest’ governor when she stole the show as U.S. Sen. John McCain's presidential running mate in 2008. In the interview, she talks about her fondness for running, which is perhaps why the mother of five who gave birth to a baby boy last year is able to keep trim. The magazine on Tuesday published an extended version on its Web site. Palin said the exercise wasn't just a body thing and that it helps keep her emotionally and mentally in shape.”

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