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 Midwest Governors Team Up For Marathon
Submitted by Rickshaw :: Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:56 am
Iowa's governor Tom Vilsack will be joining Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee for Sunday's Little Rock Marathon. For Vilsack, it will be his second marathon, having run last fall's Des Moines marathon in 4:57. A spokesman says the two governors are sending a message that health begins with personal responsibility, good diet habits, and exercise. Vilsack is an avid runner who trains seriously. Most evenings after work, he changes from his suit and tie into his running clothes and heads out into the night to log some miles, accompanied by an Iowa state trooper. The governor runs through the cold Iowa winters, and recalls one night when the windchill was minus 20 and he ran eight miles. He listens to his favorite group ZZ Top while he runs, proving at least this governor is not all business.


OldManRunner
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Rochester, NY
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Re: Midwest Governors Team Up For Marathon Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:08 pm 

ZZ Top?! Hmm, that's a little scary. I agree about the exercise and personal responsibility part, but what's this about good diet habits? No way!

Pretender
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Kansas, OK
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Re: Midwest Governors Team Up For Marathon Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:49 pm 

There was a pretty good article in the latest issue of RW on the governor of Arkansas. He has lost over 100 pounds. He has inspired many.

Rickshaw
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San Francisco, CA
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Re: Midwest Governors Team Up For Marathon Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 5:20 pm 

Huckabee finished in about 4:30, and Vilsack in about 5:10.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=556319


Pretender
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Kansas, OK
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Re: Midwest Governors Team Up For Marathon Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 2:52 pm 

Man. I don't understand why I'm so slow. I'll be lucky to run OKC in less than 6 hours. I didn't have to lose 100 pounds like the Gov did either. I know I've only been running for 8 months, but still!

Rickshaw
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San Francisco, CA
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Re: Midwest Governors Team Up For Marathon Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 3:56 pm 

Ah, don't think of it that way. Everyone is different. After all, the top marathoners can finish in under 2:10, so we are all pathetically slow in comparison. I have lots of respect for anyone who trains hard for a marathon and completes it, no matter what their time.

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