But--and this is a big but--it also turns out that he lied about it. Via Gawker.com, here, we learn that his best marathon time was actually a 4:01 and not the "two hour fifty something" that he claims.
Never mind any factual inaccuracies in his political speeches: a runner's time is sacred. Straight-up lying about Obama "raiding" Medicare and closing GM plants is one thing. Bragging about a fictional athletic accomplishment is quite another.
"Sacred" indeed is true. You just don't lie about your times and your accomplishments--it's just NOT DONE. Sure, in the big scheme of things a difference of an hour in a marathon nearly a quarter of a century ago doesn't amount to a pinch of crap in terms of worldly impacts. But it says reams about the kind of person you are.
Reminds me of a Vince Lombardi quote that has stuck with me over the years:
"If you cheat on the practice field, you'll cheat in the game," he said, "and if you cheat in the game, you'll cheat the rest of your life."
Paul Ryan, cheater. A person who would lie about a race time does not have the character to be Vice President. Case closed.