How much running is too much for a puppy?

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So it's been pretty miserable and rainy here in Michigan this winter and somehow our whole town has been going through a bad outbreak of puppy papilloma virus and many pups (including mine) have gotten warts in their mouths. As such the daycare I normally take her to is banning all puppies showing symptoms so the virus doesn't spread. I totally get this but now I'm stuck finding ways for Lamb to her her energy out! 

Normally when daycare isn't an option we go to the dog park for 1/2 hour - 1 hour a day depending on the weather. Since she's gotten older though I've noticed she's running way faster and playing much harder. Now, I know that this breed needs to stay off of forced exercise until at least a year old but I can't seem to find any info about puppies free running and if that's ok. She seems to take breaks or slow down when she's tired but she will literally not stop running around and playing until I drag her out of the park. 

If I opt for walking that day and do 4 short walks and some in-house training instead of the park, she will be antsy and restless ALL DAY, pacing back and forth across the living room and barking every 5 mins out the window out of boredom. I'm feeling sort of stuck here because I feel like if I let her do what she wants it's not so great for her joints, but if we keep it mellow she's restless and destructive all day! So, I guess what I want to know is, can she be running off leash on at her own breakneck speeds or am I dooming her to a lifetime of joint issues by allowing her to do so?

Free running as long as its not a hard surface like cement is fine - as much as she wants. Be very careful at dog parks - best to go when there are no strange dogs she does not already know.

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Ok thank you for the reassurance! I've been taking her to daycare since she was small and luckily she is wonderful around other dogs. If she senses they're not friendly she'll trot away and mind her own business. Also luckily, the park we go to is large and visited by a small regular crowd so people are great with keeping their pups in check.