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Great Escape

How I Learned to Run Away From My Problems and Like It

A 2016 Hillary Clinton speechwriter recalls what saved her

Illustration: Rob Dobi

“You should just run a marathon.”

I don’t remember who made the suggestion, just how hard I laughed. I didn’t even like walking. I was the kind of person who stood still on escalators and moving…



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Lauren Peterson

Speechwriter, Badger, reformed figure skater, slow runner. Proud alumna of Clinton 2016, Planned Parenthood, Obama 2012, & UW-Madison.