Calling 2016 “A Year of Running” the king of social media wrote a lengthy post on—where else—Facebook about how he plans to run 365 miles this year (which means 1 mile a day, every day, for those who need help breaking it down.) If you want to join him in his running challenge, here’s the public group he created to help you get your motivation going.
But, before you get on this running kick with Zuckerberg, let’s just stop for a minute and explore whether his challenge is actually a good idea, shall we? The man himself says “This is a lot of running, but it's not a crazy amount. It’s a mile a day, and at a moderate pace it’s less than 10 minutes of running per day.”
True enough, I suppose, although I’d hardly call a less-than-10-minute-mile a moderate pace, especially if you’ve been sitting on the couch for the last few months or years (but we digress…)
What’s more concerning to me, as a podiatrist, is the notion of running every day. Even if you’re only running a short distance for a short period of time, running on a daily basis does not give your body the rest periods it needs in order to recover from the impact of the sport. Additionally, if it takes the place of any other form of exercise, a daily run will eliminate cross training from your repertoire, and that, along with strength training, is a crucial component of a training regimen that keeps running injuries at bay.In short, I think it’s a great idea to try and log 365 running miles this year. I’d just rather you don’t get there by running every single day.