When one considers’ Governor Palin’s accomplishments, the focus is almost always on the professional and political aspects of her life. Many people may not know that Governor Palin is an accomplished marathon runner. In an interview with Dan Simmons of Runner’s World, Governor Palin gives an intimate portrait of her running life and how it influences every other aspect of her life.
Among other things, she speaks about a fall that she took in October, 2008 while jogging at John McCain’s ranch (the fall was referenced on the blog author’s SuperSonic Sarah tribute video) and how she tried to keep it hidden. Governor Palin extensively discusses her preferences as they relate to running — shoes, music, locations….and her main strength:
[B]etcha 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 were a long race that required a lot of endurance I’d win (Simmons, 2009, ¶46).
The complete story is in the reference list, but one question and answer warrants pull-quoting and commentary here.
In answer to the question of “Is running non-partisan,” Governor Palin said,
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. It cracks me up going to some running event and seeing some dude who campaigned so hard against me, or a lady who’s been blogging some mean comments about me. But we’re all there together and we’re smiling and we’re having a good time because we’re going to do something healthy and active. We need more of that. That’s what sports are able to do. It’s a wonderful kind of diversion from the divisiveness that is politics or that is life. And my parents, they’ve got so many friends from so many different political bents because of all their years participating in races and organizing races. I was lucky enough to have been brought up in that atmosphere where I see the value in that (Simmons, 2009, ¶44).
At the article’s close, Governor Palin expresses gratitude for Title IX of the Civil Rights Act which gave girls equal opportunities to participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities. “Sports growing up was my world,” she said. Governor Palin wants all girls to live up to their full potential (Simmons, 2009, ¶50).
Adams, B. (2009). I’m a Runner: Sarah Palin [Photo Slide Show]. Retrieved June 30, 2009 from: http://www.runnersworld.com/photo/sarahpalin/home.html
Simmons, D. (2009). I’m a Runner: Sarah Palin. Runner’s World. Retrieved, June 30, 2009 from: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-243-410–13221-5-1X2X3X4-5,00.html