Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt last month that he had run a "two hour and fifty-something" marathon. That's a pace of less than 7 minutes per mile for the 26.2-mile course - extremely fast for recreational runners.
Ryan said he should have rounded his marathon time to four hours, not three. http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/ryan-corrects-his-marathon-time-by-adding-hour-bv6nbja-168273966.html
When I was much younger and in much better shape, I ran 4 marathons after I graduated from high school and I know that when you run a marathon for the first time, you not only remember it as a sense of accomplish but you also remember the time, if not with a minute, certainly within a few minutes.
There is also significance to the 3 hour mark. Breaking 3 hours in a marathon makes you an elite runner. When I was running, breaking the 3 hour made you qualified to run in the Boston Marathon, the granddaddy of marathons. I never came close to the three hour mark- it takes a lot of hard work to reach that time.
In addition, if you add another hour to your time, you also add about 2 minutes a mile to your pace. There is a big difference between a 7 minute pace for a marathon and 9+ minutes per mile. You can stop and walk a little bit if you are running a 9 minute a mile pace.
So, is this a big thing? To runners who have tried or completed a marathon, it is a big deal, but for most people, it is not. It certainly not enough to disqualify Ryan to be vice president but it is disappointing.
On a different subject, I am a conservative, but unlike the liberal media and liberal bloggers, I will call out conservatives when they do wrong. I wonder why liberal bloggers and media members don't do the same?