Senator Reveals How Running Influences Her Work As A Lawmaker

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito sees running as an opportunity to unplug.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) opened up about how running influences her work as a lawmaker in a recent interview with Runner's World.

Capito revealed she's been running for 30 years, much longer than she's been involved in politics. West Virginia's first female senator says she uses her morning runs in Washington to unplug and prepare for the day ahead.

"I don’t listen to music when I run. In the morning, I'm formulating my day -- maybe I'm planning an upcoming speech," Capito said. "It helps me order myself away from my devices or other distractions."

Capito even attributed her work on a piece of legislation with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to her running routine.

"Gillibrand and I recently worked on a bipartisan bill to address sexual assault on college campuses," Capito said. "We wouldn't have had such a solid liftoff to that bill had it not been for the friendship we formed through running."

Read more at Runner's World.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post referred to Capito as a representative. She is now a senator. 

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