Sarah Palin: 'I Betcha' I Could Beat Obama

Sarah Palin: 'I Betcha' I Could Beat Obama
Barack Obama; Sarah Palin
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07/01/2009 AT 10:20 AM EDT

Sure, she got clobbered last November, but could Sarah Palin beat Barack Obama in a good old-fashioned footrace?

"I betcha I'd have more endurance," the Alaska governor, a longtime runner (and marathoner), says in a folksy and revealing interview on "So if it were a long race that required a lot of endurance I’d win."

As for going one-on-one with President Obama on the basketball court, last year’s running mate to GOP presidential candidate John McCain – who was known as "Sarah Barracuda" on her high-school hoops team – is not so cocksure. "[He] towers over me and I wouldn't be complaining about an unfair advantage there, but maybe I'd do better playing H-O-R-S-E with him than one-on-one."

Palin, 45 and a mother of five, tells Runner’s World that the only time she's never run is when she was "too pregnant," noting, "I feel so crappy if I go more than a few days without running ... Sweat is my sanity."

The governor is a regular along the trails in Anchorage and Juneau, but she may be hard for photographers or tourists to find. "When I run, I'm totally incognito because I’m not wearing the trough of full makeup," she boasts. "I can go running through a mob of tourists and they don’t recognize me."

If anything, it will be her very specific soundtrack giving her away. Palin tells the magazine she kicks off her runs by cranking up the "old Van Halen and AC/DC, then I get into my country music, then I always wrap it up with a couple mellow Amy Grant songs."

And for the record, those would be playing on an iPod, not the clunky CD player she was lugging around until recently. "The kids finally convinced me not only was it not cool but it also wasn't practical."

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