Run in

Run to your destination

We’d all like to exercise more (or at least, we all know we should)… but there never seems to be the time...By running to work, school or uni, you can combine your daily workout with your commute and make yourself and the planet healthier as you go.

If you live close enough to your workplace or school, swap your usual form of transport for foot-power and run to your destination.

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Why

Here are a few reasons to take action.

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Environment

Running is a zero-carbon, zero-pollution mode of transport, and - unless you’re buying new kit every month - it uses very few raw materials. In fact, running is one of the most environmentally friendly ways you can get from A to B.

What’s more, by hitting the streets instead of the gym, you’re doubling down on carbon savings by avoiding that energy-hungry treadmill as well.

Congestion

Traffic jams are the absolute WORST. Not only are they boring and time-wasting, they burn lots of harmful fossil fuels which contribute to climate change while also damaging local air quality.

You can ease congestion by leaving the car at home and running instead. As they say: "you're not stuck in traffic – you are traffic!"

Fun

The fresh air, the great outdoors, the post workout glow, the post workout food...running makes you feel pretty amazing. There's a reason they call it a 'runner's high'. Whether you’re running in beautiful countryside or simply exploring your neighbourhood, you have every right to feel good about your life choices as you tick off those miles.

Health

Running keeps you fit and (as long as you’re not eating back all the calories) can help you lose weight.

But the benefits don't stop there: regular running reduces your risk of all kinds of diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. It also improves your mood and mental wellbeing.1

372 kcal

are burned in 30 minutes of running at 6mph.2

Global Goals

In September 2017, an historic agreement was signed by UN member nations agreeing to work towards 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, otherwise known as the SDGs.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require action from governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals alike. We can - and must - all play our part.

By making the 'Run in' pledge, you are contributing in your own small way to the following SDG targets:

3.4: By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

11.6: By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

How

One of the great joys of running is that you don't need a lot of fancy equipment to get out there. As long as you have a decent pair of trainers and a positive attitude, you’re more or less ready to go.

Complete beginner?

If you're new to running, there’s loads of help and advice online about how to get started. But here’s our short version: start slow and build up gradually (and check with your doctor before you start if you’re at all concerned about vigorous exercise). There are plenty of beginners' training programmes to help you get going - we love the Couch to 5k regime - aka C25k. You'll be catching up with Mo Farah in no time.

Want to find a route?

There are lots of other runners out there who love nothing more than sharing their running routes with the world. Check out Strava and Map My Run to get you started.

Home Run London coordinates groups of runners who run home from work in London. Sign up and they'll carry your bag for you and keep you company on your journey.

Need a hand training?

Good Gym are a great way to keep fit, whilst helping out in your local community and making new friends.

Need some kit?

If you do fancy getting yourself kitted out, check out Pebble Magazine’s list of ethical sportswear brands.

Success Stories

233

Pledges
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4,274kg

CO2
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This was usually more of a fast walk but I've walked to and from work every day!

I have really enjoyed running in to work once a week (I have done so right through the summer - not just for the challenge period) and aim to keep this going. It might not be possible every week in the depths of winter but I will do it whenever ground conditions/weather allow - and will step it up again next year.

The new running trainers certainly helped motivate me to get out and about. I have signed up to take part in a 5k run in June for charity so that will keep spurring me on!

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