Palin: Betcha I Can Beat Obama — in a Race

By Lindsey Ellerson

Jun 30, 2009 4:55pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Gov. Sarah Palin lost the campaign against President Obama, but she’s pretty sure she can win another kind of race.  “I betcha I'd have more endurance,” Palin, R-Alaska, tells Runners World, in a Q & A and photo spread in the new magazine.  “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.”  Asked where the race should be, she responded: “I'd like him to come to Alaska so he can see the beauty of this 49th state.”  In an interview that’s going public the same day as a magazine piece recounts McCain aides’ frustrations with her, Palin voices some displeasure with Sen. John McCain’s aides — for not allowing her enough time to run. “Sweat is my sanity. 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,” she said.  She also tells the story behind why she was wearing a bandage during her debate with Vice President Joe Biden. “I went for a run at John McCain's ranch a couple of days before the debate with Joe Biden. 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,” she says.  “I like running alone and having the Secret Service with me added a little bit of pressure. I'm thinking I gotta have good form and can't be hyperventilating and can't be showing too much pain and that adds a little more pressure on you as you're trying to be out there enjoying your run. Then I fell coming down a hill and was so stinkin' embarrassed that a golf cart full of Secret Service guys had to pull up beside me. My hands just got torn up and I was dripping blood. In the debate you could see a big fat ugly Band-Aid on my right hand. I have a nice war wound now as a reminder of that fall in the palm of my right hand. For much of the campaign, shaking hands was a little bit painful.”
 

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