Is your marathon time just average? Try converting it into “Paul Ryan Time” and you may be pleasantly surprised.
An average 4 hour and 26 minute marathon time can look more like a 3 hour, 12 minute and 51 second race using a new website parodying vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s recent marathon claims.
The site, paulryantimecalculator.com, cropped up after Ryan–a noted fitness buff–boasted to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt last month that in his younger days, he finished with a pretty impressive personal best marathon time.
“Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something,” Ryan told Hewitt in an interview.
“Holy smokes,” replied Hewitt.
Holy smokes indeed. That’s a time that would blow most male runners (who average times of around 4 hours and 30 minutes) out of the water.
It turns out that Ryan has only run one marathon in 1990 when he was 20 years old, his spokesperson confirmed to Runners World. He finished with a time of 4 hours, 1 minute, and 25 seconds.
“The race was more than 20 years ago, but my brother Tobin–who ran Boston last year–reminds me that he is the owner of the fastest marathon in the family and has never himself ran a sub-three,” Ryan told Runners World in a statement. “If I were to do any rounding, it would certainly be to four hours, not three. He gave me a good ribbing over this at dinner tonight.”
Looking to break the marathon world record? Just clock a 2 hour and 49 minute time, convert it to Paul Ryan time and you can beat out Kenyan runner Geoffrey Mutai’s 2 hour, 3 minute and two second marathon record.
You may not land a Guinness World Record, but you’ll get this accolade courtesy of paulryantimecalculator.com: “Congratulations, you have set a new Paul Ryan-certified World Record!”