Are you a runner dissatisfied with your latest marathon time? Well now you, too, can run as fast as Paul Ryan (in his dreams).
The Paul Ryan Time Calculator appeared this week in response to the vice presidential candidate’s recent remark that he ran a marathon in under three hours. Runners can enter their actual time, the distance of their race and gender. The calculator does a little math, and the result is a “Paul Ryan-adjusted marathon time.” It’s as easy as that.
During an interview last month with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Ryan estimated he clocked “under three, high twos. I had a two-hour and fifty-something.”
Ryan later admitted the claim was false after Runner’s World magazine found evidence his marathon time in 1990 was in fact 4:01:25.
The online calculator was created by grad student and runner Erik Westlund.
“It’s funny that Ryan is popular for being an intellectual, straight-shooting, clear-thinking numbers guy who supposedly remembers each line of the federal budget, but he can’t remember his marathon time within an hour,” he told the Washington Post earlier this week. “Everyone who takes running seriously knows that is nonsense. I’ve run a few marathons and a bunch of other races and I know all my times pretty much down to the second going back many years. His excuse just didn’t seem plausible to me.”