Love her or hate her . . . or feel somewhere in between, there's nothing bad about Sarah Palin promoting good health and exercise. She appears in the August 2009 issue of Runner's World, talking about her lifetime of running and how important it is for her to sweat.
Having just taken up the hobby myself (via the Couch to 5K program through the Columbus Roadrunners), I can say that I wish my parents would have been as determined to start me on this path sooner. I played sports as a youngster, but by my freshman year of high school the extent of my exercise was P.E. Thanks to an Illinois law that requires P.E. all four years of high school (one of the few in the nation F.Y.I.)
I've always liked Sarah Palin, even more so since reading the running article. It's pretty common to hear politicians talking about how important it is to exercise and eat properly, but it's not so common to see one talk about it so candidly and in a specialized publication.
Sure, we've seen the shots of Bill Clinton jogging while he was in office and, despite best efforts, it's hard to forget the image of ex-Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich in his spandex running pants.
But she just seems real. Which is one of the reasons I liked her in the first place.