Perhaps if Paul Ryan's pants were on fire he would have run a sub-three hour marathon. It seems to be fairly well established that Ryan plays fairly loosely with the facts [e.g. the numerous erroneous claims made at the Republican National Convention - or as Salon calls it Ryan's Brazen Lies] However, one 'misstatement' that I simply cannot tolerate is his claim of running a marathon in "two hour and fifty-something." As many others have pointed out, anyone who has run a marathon [or fifty] can pretty much recollect the precise time of each effort, often down to the second. It is unfathomable to think that one could make a claim that was off by more than an hour - Ryan finished his marathon in just over four hours!!! Perhaps he was using one of my favorite running lines "Ya, I ran that marathon in 2:50 - I just wasn't at the finish line."