JUST RUN!

WALK OR RUN 100K within a 30-day period up to the end of March

GET SUPER FIT * WIN COOL PRIZES * CHALLENGE YOURSELF LIKE NEVER BEFORE

This year, Muscle and Health are encouraging readers to take it outside and get back to basics by walking or running within a 30-day period up to the end of March.

Led by our incredible running celebrities, grab prizes along the way, get fitter than ever before and help to raise money for charity.

What better way to kick off 2022?

Make your way to 100k step-by-step. You don’t have to run to take part! Walk, jog, or just move however you can- we’re all in it together!

Just Run starts

Monday 3rd January 2022

 

PROVE YOUR SPEED AND STAMINA TO WIN!

No challenge would be complete without a competitive element, so we’ve thrown together three super cool prizes to give you even more motivation to push yourself.


To enter any of these categories, post your evidence on an IG story tagging @muscleandhealthmag @justrun and email a supporting photo along with your name, telephone number and address to [email protected]

Shortest time to 100k

win a huge supplement bundle worth £880

Fastest 10k

win a pair of 361 trainers

Fastest 5k

 win Grenade goodies worth £250

BEST PET PARTNER PIC

Win a Skinner’s Extra Energy Hamper

OUR ‘JUST RUN!’ brand Ambassadors

Nimsdai Purja

Nirmal “Nimsdai” Purja came out of nowhere to show the world how a seemingly impossible feat can be achieved with only sheer determination as fuel. 

14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible explores Nepal’s deep connection to high-altitude mountaineering through the eyes of Nirmal “Nimsdai” Purja, a fearless, fun-loving Nepali climber on a quest he dubs “Project Possible”—to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter mountains in just seven months, breaking the previous record of seven years. 

Nim’s wife reveals how he would wake up at 2-3am to run 20kms every single day during his prep.

“The goal was bigger than me,” he says. “My goal was to become the first Gurkha to be selected for Special Forces (SBS,) and when your goal and mission is bigger than just you, you go for it. I wasn’t just representing myself; I was representing all the Gurkhas. No excuses, I never once said ‘It’s raining so I’m not doing it, or it’s cold or I’m tired.’ I focused on the bigger picture and believed in myself.”

@nimsdai

Christoper Russell

DAY OF THE DEAD star Christoper Russell can be seen in the upcoming REACHER series premiering on Amazon Prime on Feb 4th.

Chris’ love for long distance running helps him prep for gritty action roles. He has always prioritized fitness and wellness, but it wasn’t until the pandemic that he actively pursued going the extra mile. At the start of the pandemic he could only run 5kms at a time, but has since increased his stamina enough to run 15kms or more DAILY. Chris used the FARTLEK method to reach his goal of running a marathon.

“Life will give you countless excuses everyday to give up, to quit on yourself. But if you show up anyway, if you follow through no matter what, you’ll never regret it. That’s running for me. Honoring a commitment, enriching the physical and the mental.”

@chrisrussellofficial

Jenni Falconer

Everyone has something they turn to which provides relief from stress and can allow you to have time out for yourself. For me that thing is running.

My reasons to run are varied however ultimately I run because it has a huge positive impact on my mental and physical health. It is a way to continuously challenge myself, gets me out in the fresh air and gives me an opportunity to get lost in my thoughts, be creative and find clarity.

It seems strange to say that when I’m tired, running re-energizes me yet when I’m feeling energetic, running pushes me to my limit and can help me sleep soundly.

I have made so many friends simply by pounding the pavement as the running community is so supportive, warm and friendly.

I love the way running makes me feel, I love how it gives me a boost of positivity and makes me smile whilst I’m plodding along.

Running is a part of my life, my routine and is without a doubt something that defines me. I love it!

@jennifalconer

OUR ‘JUST RUN!’ brand partners

The 361° Kairos provides a balance between cushioning and responsiveness for a wide range of runners. Integrated with an anatomical pressure-free tongue to provide maximum comfort and support around the midfoot.

Available globally https://361europe.com/pages/kairos

Studies have found that dog owners are around four times more likely to meet physical activity levels, as they motivate us to get outside.

The new Get Out and Go! range from Skinners’ includes wet and dry foods plus treats and two innovative energy & recovery bars, so you can ensure your dogs’ nutritional needs are met as well as your own when you’re running together.

Get 10% off with code MHFE10 at skinners.co.uk

All HEXXEE socks have supreme protection with built-in arch support and plush cloud-like cushioning at the ankle and forefoot to help absorb impact, thus preventing impact bruising whilst running. They also have enhanced airflow across the top of the foot which helps allow the foot to breathe featuring a snug, secure fit designed specifically to help ‘hug’ your foot whilst running. Anti-abrasion fibres deep within the sock have been trialled and tested for long-distance running where rubbing is most common.

Get 20% off with code RUN100K at hexxee.com

The performance-led Pro 7 Inch Boxer is designed to work with your every movement and crafted with 3D breathable fast drying panels that ensure maximum comfort. This is your ultimate workout partner. The unique Coccoon is designed to minimise chafing, keeping everything gently but firmly in place so you can focus on your running goals.RRP: £24.99

Get 25% off at www.crossfly.com with code M&F25

SMART PROTEIN is the award-winning sports nutrition brand and buyers’ club disrupting the norm by lifting the lid on the true cost of premium supplements, giving members access to purchase them at straight off the production line prices.

No fillers, no nasties, just reliable sports nutrition that you can trust to deliver the right ingredients your body needs to power through workouts, smash your fitness goals and be mentally and physically fit.

Join at www.smartprotein.com and add code CLEARVEGAN at checkout for a free high protein, great tasting plant-based protein powder (worth £22.99) with your first order.

Enjoy the freedom of listening to music wirelessly with the Defunc True Go Slim. Sweat proof, secure fit and premium sound, so you can listen to your favourite podcast or put on a motivational playlist to help you boost your running game.

Get 10% off at Maplin.co.uk with code MFMAPDEFUNC10

Founded by active-duty Navy Lieutenant Bear Handlon, Born Primitive provides a beautifully diverse men’s and women’s range of athletic apparel worldwide. With more than 50% of the salaried employees being military veterans, spouses, and former first responders, the employees are dedicated to their patriotic brand serving military and first responders. To date, Born Primitive has donated more than $1 million to nonprofit organizations, including donating over $200,000 to gyms and fitness centers devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get 15% the entire range at bornprimitive.com with code BPFIT2022

Storm Creek’s entire product line contains recycled materials and sustainable components. To date, its products have saved over 7.5 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills and oceans.

If you’re looking for a functional base layer that works really well in warmer climates during morning or evening runs during the cooler winter months, or as a base layer in cold climates that require more aggressive layering, the Pacesetter has you covered!

Super soft with incredible stretch, the Storm Creek Pacesetter is the most comfortable shirt by a mile. Put it on and let them follow your lead!

The company is a 1% for the Planet partner and a Minnesota Keystone Program member, with a goal of donating a total of $5 million to charity by 2030.

Get 20% off any Pacesetter with code 100KRUN (Limit 1 per customer)

Men’s: https://www.stormcreek.com/collections/mens-lightweight-base-layers/products/mens-pacesetter

Women’s: https://www.stormcreek.com/collections/womens-lightweight-base-layers/products/womens-pacesetter

Founded in 2010 by Alan and Juliet Barratt, Grenade®’s mission was simple: to create an iconic weight-loss product and become THE brand within Sports Nutrition. Grenade®’s first product was so effective, a friend described it as explosive, “like a grenade”. This product became Thermo Detonator® and the brand name, Grenade®, was born. Today, Grenade® is available in over 80 countries, with a multi award-winning product range, including the best-selling Carb Killa® protein bars and cutting-edge sports nutrition.

Get 25% off all Grenade goodies using ‘muscleandhealth’ here.

Co-founded by Just Run! ambassador Radio and TV Presenter Jenni Falconer, Kollo is one of the UK’s only collagen sachets to include 10g of premium liquid marine collagen. 

Promotes anti-aging, healthier skin, hair and nails and healthy joints, bones and cartilage.
Award-winning Kallo has been accredited by Informed Sport, meaning it is 100% safe for all athletes in any discipline to use safely. 

Clinical studies show that Kollo’s key ingredient, Type 1 marine collagen peptides, can have a beneficial effect on the appearance of skin and the reduction of joint pain, when taken daily or 12 weeks.

Kollo also provides vitamins B1, B5, B6 and B12, Vitamin C and l-lysine, all of which are crucial to normal collagen formation for cell renewal in skin, bones and cartilage. 

Kollo is also an excellent source of essential amino acids and contains 100% of your recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamins C and B12, and over 65% of your RDA for vitamins B1, B5 and B6.

https://kollohealth.com/ @kollohealth

OUR charity partners

As an international charity organisation, Go Dharmic- www.godharmic.com brings people together to spread love and compassion through social action campaigns. Inspired by the idea of ‘Dharma’,Go Dharmic aims to galvanise volunteers from all backgrounds to come together through a vast array of projects for Food Poverty Alleviation, Education, Climate Action, Disaster Relief and much more. Working predominantly in India and the UK, Go Dharmic has managed to reach over 75K children with its food distribution and education programmes and distributed over five million meals which would have otherwise been wasted. It also provided critical relief in India during the pandemic with its Emergency CoronaVirus Appeal, delivering food, medicine and oxygen to those unable to access them. The founding philosophy is to ‘love all’, ‘feed all’ and ‘serve all’.

Go Dharmic is collaborating with Muscle & Health Magazine to encourage the entire readership to take up ‘Just Run!’ challenge for 2022. This means your efforts will not only contribute to furthering your steps, boosting your health and helping the environment, but also to creating social change for thousands of people, across the UK, India and further afield. Funds will go directly towards launching campaigns in 10 new cities globally, providing another additional 1 million meals to those in need and planting 2 million mangrove trees! The charity has also pledged to match whatever this campaign raises with their own fundraising efforts so your steps will have twice the impact!

“Our planet is telling us that the way we live is destructive and we need to change our priorities, to a more non-harming way. We need to care for the planet by literally taking the steps towards this, instead of driving a car, or taking transport.”- Hanuman Dass, Founder & Chairman, Go Dharmic.

To donate to the Just Run! fundraiser and support this vital work please go to: https://godharmic.enthuse.com/cf/just-run

To contribute as a fundraiser or corporate match funder to Go Dharmic’s fundraising efforts please contact  +44(0)7788643397

“Running is great for your mind and body. It’s free to do, it’s great for cardiovascular fitness and you always feel like you can achieve your new possible afterwards.”

Help support Nim’s Foundation

Nim’s first mission is the Big Mountain Cleanup – helping remove waste from the mountains. During the autumn, the foundation brought down 500kg of rubbish from Manaslu. The charity also aim to help veterans to get into the mountains.

You can find out all about it and donate here: https://www.nimsdaifoundation.org/ 

@nimsdaifoundation on Facebook and Instagram and @NimsdaiFNDN on Twitter.

Don’t know where to start?
We’ll have you fully covered with expert guides on

  • Starting out: The essentials
  • Measuring your run: The best apps
  • The warm-up: How to make your run easier and injury-free
  • Nutrition: The elite runner’s diet
  • Your heart rate: What to look out for
  • Supplements: Which can help you up your game?
  • Footwear: The big dilemma
  • Speed work: How to run FASTER for longer
  • Fartlek Training: The gift that keeps on giving
  • Avoid these mistakes: Common errors and how to steer clear
  • The long, steady run: Putting miles in the bank
  • The tempo run: The secret to slashing your time
  • Time trials: Check your progress 
  • Beating blisters and injuries 
  • Hill runs: Why they are essential
  • Stretching exercises: The importance of limbering up
  • How to run a 5k: With prizes for the fast time
  • How to run a 10k: With prizes for the fastest time
  • Easy recovery runs: Don’t underestimate their importance
  • Rest day: You’ve earned it!
  • How to mentally prepare for your run: It’s all in the mind
  • Meals to prep your run: When and what to eat for best results
  • The best gym workouts: How to support your running with resistance training
  • Tips from experienced runners: Our experts share their top tips
  • Exclusive interviews: Hear from our celebrity ambassadors