“Hey, you visionary guy!”
HH: Are you still running?
PR: Yeah, I hurt a disc in my back, so I don’t run marathons anymore. I just run ten miles or yes.
HH: But you did run marathons at some point?
PR: Yeah, but I can’t do it anymore, because my back is just not that great.
HH: I’ve just gotta ask, what’s your personal best?
PR: Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.
HH: Holy smokes.
By now we all know that Paul Ryan was (and may still be) a respectable avocational runner, not a borderline elite runner; and there is some question whether Ryan’s account of his personal best is a misrecollection or a lie. If it is a misrecollection, then Ryan must have also misrecollected that he only ever ran one (1) marathon.
Back in 1984 I did a triathalon. Not an Ironman; a short one. (By recollection: a one mile swim, a 25 mile bike ride, and a 10K run.)
I don’t remember my time. I do remember I finished behind 75% of the other participants.
I also remember it was the only triathalon I ever did. I’ve never even had the thought “I don’t do triathalons anymore.”
I’m not sure why this bothers me so. I really don’t care much about this year’s race. I vote in New York and my vote doesn’t really matter.
Anyway, a song for the GOP’s beautiful dancer:
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