I can’t remember the precise time of my fastest marathon. I do know that it was 3 hours, 48 minutes and 30 seconds, give or take 30 seconds. You could look it up. It was the 1996 Marine Corps Marathon, I’m almost sure.
That’s why Paul Ryan’s failure to remember his marathon time — or more likely, his decision to lie about it, after he had been nominated for vice president — is so puzzling.
No marathon runner I know — and I know dozens — has forgotten what we call our PRs, or personal records. You might not remember to the second, or to the minute, but you know within a minute or two. Nor would any of my running friends, none of whom are candidates for national political office, lie about their time, at least not by an hour. It’s too easy to check. Marathons keep records. [click to continue…]