Sarah Palin: “Sweat is my sanity.”
Runner’s World just published a ridiculously long interview with Sarah Palin. In it we learn that McCain was a mean old man who wouldn’t let her exercise, she normally wears a “trough full of makeup,” and she likes listening to “old” Van Halen, “old” AC/DC and ... Amy Grant (huzzah?) when she’s running. We also learn much too much about how much she enjoys sweating:
If you go a day or a week without running, what do you learn about yourself?
I feel so crappy if I go more than a few days without running. I have to run. No matter how rotten I feel before or during a run, it’s always worth it to me afterwards. 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.
The day you were picked for VP must have been quite world-shaking. Did you feel like running or did you go running that day?
I had gone running earlier that day, and when I got the call from the McCain campaign I was at the Alaska State Fair walking with my kids. And, yeah, those earth-shattering times of life for runners, isn’t it funny that going for a run is one of the first things we think of doing? For me it’s like right on. I like to go celebrate by taking a long, hot run.
What’s your thing with liking heat so much? It’s a little contrary to be such a devoted Alaskan?
I don’t know. I’m always running about 10 degrees colder than everyone around me; I’m always cranking up the heat. I think because we do have so many cold days here, it’s such a luxury and a pleasure to go somewhere warm. I think you guys who get a lot of warm weather take it for granted and you shouldn’t. I thought that was a great part of the campaign—we’d be out there at events or up there on stage just sweatin’ like pigs and I loved it.
Thank god Obama didn’t say lipstick on a sweaty pig. That would have sucked.
UPDATE: I didn’t realize until I accessed the Googles Machine that she used the “sweat is my sanity” line before with Katie Couric. OMG, she thinks it’s catchy. Halp.
MORE: Oh dear god, it just got worse:
She desperately needs a team of advisers following her around 24/7 if she’s really considering a run in 2012.