Sarah Palin Finishes Second In Iowa Run

9/5/2011 7:20 AM PDT

Sarah Palin Finishes Second in Iowa Run

Sarah Palin
finished behind a no-name in her Iowa run ... and it was still a very impressive showing.

Actually Palin -- who is not a declared Prez candidate -- ran a half-marathon in the Storm Lake, Iowa. 

She finished second among women 40-49, with a respectable time of 1:46.10.

Palin ran the 13.1 mile race using her maiden name -- Sarah Heath

As she says ... "Well, I guess ya' can stick that in your lower 48."