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When the going gets tough, push through that “wall”

By Extra Mustard
January 05, 2016

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he plans to run 365 miles during 2016 as part of his New Year's resolution.

Zuckerberg welcomed the entire Facebook community to accept the challenge and join him in a public Facebook group. The group had more than 65,000 members as of noon on Tuesday.

I have a physical challenge for 2016 as well.I'm going to run 365 miles and I'd love for as many people in this...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Monday, January 4, 2016

Professional runners Joe Stilin (Reebok ZAP Fitness) and Phoebe Wright (Nike) shared some advice for Zuckerberg to get started.

1. Remember Mark, it’s a leap year so don’t forget to go the extra mile. - JS

2. Running counts double if you post about it on Facebook! Triple if you get a like (You can’t like your own status). - PW

3. You can document your relationship with running on Facebook! “It’s complicated” or “I’m committed but feel like my work is under appreciated” are common statuses. - PW

4. When the going gets tough, push through that “wall.” - JS

5. The GPS watch can be your best frenemy. It keeps you competitive, objective, and probably demoralized! - PW

6. It’s always better to “request a friend” to run with you. - JS

7. A good running friend is worth more than 100 Facebook friends. - PW

8. Don’t be afraid to start at a slow “poke” pace. - JS 

9. Friendships don’t count unless you make them “Facebook Official.” Likewise, miles don’t count unless you make them Facebook official. Post those miles! - PW

10. Mix in runs with a hilly “profile.” – JS

11. Nothing says, “I’m serious about my health, goals, and image” like a profile picture of you running. - PW

12. Don’t let a lack of motivation “block” you from your goal. - JS

13. Facebook ads make buying the latest running gear easy and fun. - PW 

14. Life is just better when you’re mobile. - JS

15. Dropping out won’t help you this time. - JS

Other athletes chimed in with greater attention to his training regimen:

Craig Lutz, professional runner for the HOKA One One Northern Arizona Elite

“My training tip would be that if he simply runs as fast as he can every day, he will not only hit the 365 miles faster but also be surprisingly fit. It takes racing into shape and puts into the every into the every day life. Maybe he gets injured but maybe, just maybe, we find the next Galen Rupp [The United States’ 10,000-meter silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics].” 

Manteo Mitchell, professional sprinter for Under Armour and 2012 Olympic silver medalist who broke his leg in the 4x400-meter relay

“Mark, I don’t always run miles. If I did, they’d most likely be pretty slow. Best of luck on your 2016 running goal. In between status updates and pokes be sure to breathe and I think you’ll be alright out there. Oh...and break a leg.”

Ford Palmer, professional runner for HOKA One One and the New Jersey-New York Track Club

“The toughest thing about running every day is getting out the door. Don’t post and text while running. It doesn’t end well. The poke can wait until the end of the run.”

Kyle Merber, professional runner for HOKA One One and the New Jersey-New York Track Club

“Running 365 miles in a year isn’t cool. You know what is? A billion miles.”

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