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RE: Paul Ryan's marathon
If he ran a decent sized marathon in the 1990s, those results are out there somewhere even though they are not on the internet.
Even though the average LRC poster ran a sub 3 marathon after their first junior high XC season, for the rest of the world, a sub 3 marathon is an exceptional time. I have watched of lots and lots of guys like Paul Ryan (good a sports, ran some track or XC in high school, works out a lot) try to run a sub 3 marathon and fail. I have only seen a very tiny number of "outlier" types be able to go sub 3 without some very serious training and a couple of sub 3 attempts.
Paul Ryan may very well be that type of guy. But the odds are very strong that he is not. Thus, the claim is very suspect and must be verified. Not for the politics (the guy has already lied enough--it is not like a fib about his marathon time is going to change anything), but for the sport. For many runners, a sub 3 marathon is a huge acheivement that takes years to attain. And for the vast majority of marathon participants, a sub 3 marathon is something completely unimaginable. Paul Ryan should not get a free pass on his claim to be in the sub 3 club. As President Reagan said, "Trust, but Verify".
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