On June 23, 1990, when he was in college, Paul Ryan ran “Grandma’s Marathon,” in Duluth, Minnesota, completed the 26.25 mile race in 4 hours 1 minute and 25 seconds. He took 1990th place.( Runners World / Article / Race Stats )
I’ve never run a marathon, and I think it’s a tremendous accomplishment. If I ran several, I think I’d cite my best time and the number of marathons I ran. If I only ran one – and there are no records of Paul Ryan running other marathons – I think I’d remember my time, even after 20 years. If I did it in 4 hours, 1 minute, and 25 seconds, I might say “I ran the marathon in 4 hours.” And I’d only use the term “Personal Best” if I had run more than one. Because if you’ve only run one race, then your personal best is also your personal worst.
On a broadcast interview on the Hugh Hewitt show, on August 22, 2012 (description / transcript), Ryan claimed his “Personal Best” was “Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.” That’s a huge difference from “I ran the marathon once in four hours.”
What does this say about Paul Ryan’s character?
I think it speaks volumes and none of it good.