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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Marathon Man

So I stumbled upon yet another 'gaffe' (that's putting it mildly) that Paul Ryan made this week. This time, he was interviewed by Hugh Hewitt, a talk show host (republican). In the interview, this is what was said:

HH: Are you still running?
PR: Yeah, I hurt a disc in my back, so I don’t run marathons anymore. I just run ten miles or yes.
HH: But you did run marathons at some point?
PR: Yeah, but I can’t do it anymore, because my back is just not that great.
HH: I’ve just gotta ask, what’s your personal best?
PR: Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.
HH: Holy smokes. All right, now you go down to Miami University…
PR: I was fast when I was younger, yeah.
A "two hour and fifty-something" personal best in a marathon? WOW. He was fast because that would be about a six and half minute mile PER MILE for 26.2 miles. That IS fast. And if that was really your personal best, you would know EXACTLY what that time would be.  Meaning, it is THAT good that you would never forget your time, down to the second.

And you would never say "under three, high twos" because you would say: My personal best is 2:50:45. I'm not even FAST and I know all of my personal bests...and I proudly display them at the bottom of my blog...and it's been over two years that I've raced competitively. A runner just doesn't forget these details!!!

But alas, the TRUTH comes out. Not only did Paul Ryan not run a sub-3 hour marathon, he ran only one recorded marathon (no one would run 26.2 miles for shits...well, maybe some extreme runners would do that as part of their training...) in over FOUR HOURS. That is NOT EVEN CLOSE to "two hour and fifty-something"...NOWHERE CLOSE. And IMO, only someone who is used to playing themselves up with lies and exaggerations would ever say such a thing.

And how stupid? That runners in the world wouldn't realize how fast that is...makes me think he doesn't know how fast that is because he just flippantly threw it out there.

Yeah. You may read my hysteria but that's because I don't like the man. I don't like his policies and one little white lie, such as this, just speaks even louder to what kind of character he may be...and it ain't good.


  1. I agree... the lies are just coming out too easily and too frequently. He could have just said, "Man... it was so long ago, I don't even remember my time!" - no need to lie and make up a time.

  2. I'm behind on reading blogs, but just had to comment on this one. I couldn't believe it either when i heard he had lied about his marathon time. "I was fast when i was younger..." An average of 9:16 per mile (which is what 4 hour marathons is) is certainly much faster than i could do one, but as i understand it, that is not generally accepted as "fast" in the running world. Who is he kidding? Apparently no one.

    I just don't understand why anyone would lie about something like that. Is anyone going to think less of you for running a four hour marathon? You still RAN A MARATHON!!! And most people will never do that, period. It's impressive enough without lying to make yourself seem like the road runner.