|The Armory at 168 Street where records were set and kept|
So what was my best time for the half in high school? Was it really 2:17 outdoors? Maybe. I know for sure it was 2:24 the first time I ran it in the winter at Mt. St. Michael's on a board track . But that best time a year later? Don't have a distinct recollection about that. But I claim 2:17 as my personal best when reminiscing about Glory Days. Not that there was much glory. I was the third string on a championship team, which set the national* indoor schoolboy 220 yard flat track record in the two mile relay. I think it was 8:01. I know that Dave Long ran 2:06, and Kevin Lanigan, Bob Bartolini, and Bob Clark each ran under 2:00.
So given that sort of sense about just how much you are willing to gild the lily about your personal best, I find it shocking that fitness freak and VP candidate Paul Ryan has (according to Runner's World) overstated his personal best in a marathon by 1 hour 11 minutes, claiming in an interview that it was "two fifty something", only to be confronted with the fact that his only recorded time was 4:01 in the Grandma Marathon in Minnesota, as a college student. Twenty years ago. Memory fades.