“With all the talk of Paul Ryan and P90X, I feel like we all need to step our fitness up a notch to keep up the with candidates!” says Shannon Bream, Supreme Court reporter for Fox News. The former Miss USA and Miss America competitor, law school grad and self-proclaimed news junkie is walking the walk—her nearly daily fitness habit “is a huge stress reliever.”
We wanted to learn more about what it was like to try to stay in shape on the campaign trail, so we turned the tables and put Bream in the hot seat right before the Republican National Convention that she’s covering in Tampa.
What are you most looking forward to at the upcoming convention?
It’s basically like a big pep rally that the political parties hold every four years. They elicit the best speakers and you are able to see the party faithful gather and get ready for the final election push. I lived in Tampa for years and actually trained for my first marathon there—my husband and I actually ran past the convention center hosting the event hundreds of times. I’m excited to go back and revisit the place where I turned into a runner!
We’ve heard a lot about how Paul Ryan and his P90X routine. How do you stay fit, both at home and on the road?
I run, lift weights and take bootcamp classes. For me, fitness is about feeling a certain way. It’s a huge stress reliever.
I immediately thought about Forrest Gump when I heard about 24-year-old Catherine Li, who’s walking her way from Daly City, California to New York City with nothing but a Google Map and shopping cart to hold her tent, sleeping bag and other essentials. But that’s not the real shocker in her story: Li is making this 3,000-mile trek not for charity or media exposure, but just because she felt like it.
You read that right. She’s not asking for donations or sponsorships or even Tweeting about her journey. (Though she does have a cell phone with her to let others know she’s safe.) “I just felt like walking,” Li explained to PhillyBurbs.com. “I just decided to click over to living in the actual moment instead of inventing all these fantastic fantasies for the future.”
Kudos to her for going on this adventure and we’re glad she’s stayed safe and received kindness from the people she’s come across. (And we hope a spa is nice enough to offer this lady a free foot massage as soon as she’s done!) While I don’t think I’ll ever make this cross-country trip on foot, Li’s story was just the nudge I needed to lace up my sneakers this evening not because I need to put in miles for a training plan or compete in a race, but just because.
Now tell us: What do you think about Li’s cross-country expedition? And when was the last time you went for a walk or run just for kicks?