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I have just read an article on the BBCwebsite with regards to Paul Ryan, a US Vice Presidential candidate - so what's it got to do with running you ask.
Well not much and a lot depending on what side of the 4hr marathon barrier you currently sit.
This is an very abbreviated version
Quizzed by radio host Hugh Hewitt on his marathon personal best (PB), Ryan replied: "Under three, I think, you know, high twos... a two hour and fifty-something."
But it transpires that Ryan only ran 4:01:25 in a race in 1990.
This is not the reason for the thread this is -
David Castle, editor of Running Fitness magazine with a marathon PB of 2:53:47, concurs.
"Marathon runners are very protective of their PB. Anyone running under three hours will have put in a fair amount of training. Model Nell McAndrew [who reduced her personal best by 14 minutes to clock 2:54 in this year's London Marathon] is virtually training like a professional athlete.
"You will certainly be doing up to 40 or 50 miles a week, running five times a week."
Each time barrier is hugely significant. A sub 1:30 half marathon or a sub-40 10k is hugely important for amateur runners. You can tell by the way runners so often refer to seconds, even in a PB for a long race.
If your half marathon personal best is 1:39:38, you never round to 1:40. You tore yourself apart for those 22 seconds. Those were the 22 seconds that nearly broke you.
"When we talk about runners becoming proper runners, [it might be] under 3:30 [for a marathon]," suggests Castle.
But there is always the temptation caused by "bravado", Castle says.
"Who wants to say they ran four hours? It's an OK time but not a runner's time.
So despite all that is said about running, according to Mr David Castle you are not a runner unless you can run under 4hrs for a marathon!! That puts me back to jogging then as my time of 4:1:29 at 57 is not a runners time.
Taken from the article - There is no shame in 4:01:25. Even a four-hour marathon is a gruelling, extraordinary feat. Most people's marathon PB is: "I'm yet to run a marathon."
Thankfully I only subscribe to Runners World otherwise I would cancel my subscription if I had one to Running Fitness!!!!!!