I spotted an interesting article in the LA Times that intersected politics and endurance sport; it seems republican VP candidate Paul Ryan claimed a marathon time that was just a...little bit off:
Early accounts indicate Ryan is fit and ripped - the guy adheres to a P90X routine. According to the LA Times report, Ryan stated he ran a 26.2 in "under three (hours), high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something."
Inquiring minds want to know, since that pace is blister-fast for most mortals. It turns out that Ryan has one marathon finish, from 1990 at the famous Grandma's Marathon in Minnesota. His time? Four hours, one minute.
Maybe this factoid would slip past most potential voters, but to those of us who run, that's a ton of disparity. Back in the early '90's I could bang out 3:30's all day long, but sub 3? That pace is reserved for the elites. I would suggest most of us can surely remember our marathon PR and a 62 minute exaggeration is questionable.
Gaffes are commonplace in politics. But among runners, honor is reporting one's PR is sacred.