2015 was “a year of books.” This year, however, Mark Zuckerberg wants his billion-plus users to put down their novels for a little while, get some fresh air and run outside.
The Facebook CEO sent out a wave of excitement this week after he announced “a year of running” as part of his New Year resolution. He has even set up a group open to all where people can participate in the challenge with him.
“I’d love for as many people in this community to join me as possible,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “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.”
Although a mile per day doesn’t seem impossible to many, there are some who think setting a 10-minute target time is a little impractical.
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Mashable’s Chris Taylor stated the target time is not a “moderate pace for a beginner” and could be considered quite fast for many seasoned runners as well.
“If you're going into this challenge expecting to run anything less than a 12- or 13-minute mile, you're not only going to be sorely disappointed, you're also going to be extremely sore, out of breath and unlikely to keep it up for a year,” Taylor wrote.
In a blogpost for the Huffington Post last year, Jason Saltmarsh, certified distance running coach and author of Marathon Running: A Complete Guide for Beginners, reiterated the same advice: “The trick, for beginning runners especially, is to overcome the initial discomfort knowing that an enjoyable run awaits you on the other side of mile one or two. Easier said than done, right? Even as a veteran runner, I still suffer from cramps, ragged breathing and general fatigue during that first mile on some days.”
So, if you’re planning to accept Zuckerberg’s challenge, make sure to start out with a slow jog for 15-20 minutes. Warm up. You’ll achieve your goal pace eventually.