I was skimming through the Internets last night, as I am wont to do on a frigid Tuesday after sweating my face off at the gym, and came across Mark Zuckerberg’s 2016 Running Challenge. I also read something about him building a robot butler. While I am not an authority on Robot Butlers, I do know a little bit about Robot Maids and know that Rosie the Robot Maid on the Jetson’s was a pretty badass broad. Unless he makes him in her spitting image, I don’t think anything he whips up will come close to emulating Rosie’s panache. Such a sassy little Robot, that Rosie was.Mark Zuckerberg’s physical challenge is “easy.” Run 1 mile a day. Every day. For a year. For your health.
Personally? I think it’s great. Absolutely great. If it inspires a handful of folks to unplug, get out and move, I am all for it. Mind you, this is THE Facebook Guy. This dude is tethered to a million computers every second of every day. To infinity and beyond. He’s asking you to log OFF of Facebook for roughly 10 minutes each day, give or take. He’s challenging you to get the hell off of social media for a minute or so, get outside and move! I think it’s fantastic. But that’s me. As you can imagine, the Internet Volcanos erupted, oozing its annoying, exhausting, judgy lava everywhere.
- MARK ZUCKERBERG HAS SHITTY BIOMECHANICS! DON’T RUN LIKE HIM! HE’S HOLDING HIS PHONE! HIS STRIDES ARE TOO LONG!
- MARK ZUCKERBERG IS *GASP* A HEEL STRIKER! HE’LL BE INJURED INSIDE A WEEK.
- GOOD LUCK MARK ZUCKERBERG. DON’T POKE ANYONE! That’s just wrong.
- MARK ZUCKERBERG IS ONLY GOING TO RUN A MILE A DAY? Pfft. Bitch, please. That’s child’s play. Make it 5 a day. Minimally. Then run an ultra every other.
I’m exhausted. Stop. Just stop.
You know what I think? I think the first mile is the hardest. Always. Beginner or expert. Never trust it. It’s a liar, but that’s a post for another day. I think the average person thinks running 365 miles in one year is pretty goddamn far. It is, by the way. I think we “Runners” need to remember where we all started. Which was at the beginning. Mile 0. For me, it was running telephone pole to telephone pole. First one mile then three, then in time, five. I’ll never forget starting. It’s the hardest part. I also think that doing something every single day transforms a New Year’s Physical Challenge into a Habit. A healthy habit. A lifestyle change. And the sense of pride and accomplishment that says anything you put your mind to is possible. And that is nothing but good.
Unless of course you run like Mark Zuckerberg. Who will apparently be laid up in traction and in a full leg cast by next Wednesday. I sure hope his Robot Butler can take care of him. 😉
What’s the longest number of days you’ve run for? Do you remember your first run? Are you up for Mark’s Challenge?