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RUNNING REVOLUTION

CUBA IS ON THE CUSP OF SOME BIG CHANGES, SO NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO CATCH THE ISLAND’S PAST AS IT LOOKS TO THE FUTURE
El Capitolio, the seat of government in Cuba until after the Cuban Revolution in 1959, provides the grand backdrop for a morning run

Cuba is officially open for business. Historically the Caribbean island’s relationship with the US made it an awkward destination for travellers looking to enjoy its unique charms. But since the thawing of relations commercial flights have sharply risen and tourism is expected to balloon accordingly. I wanted to see the island before the four million tourists expected in 2017 turn up, and my best friend’s wedding gave me the opportunity to do so. It also gave me the chance to explore by foot the trails and roads of an island that still feels somewhat forbidden and undiscovered. For the time being at least.

TRINIDAD

My first trip is to the south of the island and after an exhausting day of navigating the confusing rural roads of inner Cuba, I arrive in Trinidad, a beautifully restored 16th century town, and head straight to bed. I’m C up before dawn the next day to avoid the heat and my body, quite frankly, is utterly disorientated by being up at 6am running. The streets are silent and I jog past the famous Plaza Mayor towards the town’s historical church. The well-trodden cobbles would be terrible for anything too energetic, but for my morning slog are just fine and I pace myself accordingly. As I discover over the coming weeks, running in Cuba is, overall, very safe. Aside from the odd toot towards my brightly coloured shoes, I’m generally left in peace – so long as I give way to five-decade old taxis.

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About Men's Running

By the time you read this, the spring race season will be well and truly underway and those of you who have trained for a specific event will hopefully have seen the fruits of your labours in PBs and long-held goals achieved. Once you’ve completed a big event it’s understandable to want to take a few days off before running again. But sometimes those days can become weeks, the weeks months, and before you know it you’re no longer on talking terms with your trainers. To stop that from happening, we take a look at the opportunities open to runners who find themselves with all the fitness but not the focus. One obvious path is to take your running abroad. As any seasoned traveller will tell you, the best way to explore a location is by foot and that certainly proved to be the case for our writer, Simon, who decided to combine his passion for running with a life-long ambition to visit Cuba (page 34). If you fancy something closer to home you can utilise the very powerful bit of tech on your wrist to create some new training goals (page 48), or follow our expert advice on how to make the move from tarmac to trail (page 23). Or, if you’re already au fait with off-road, why not take a leaf out of Kilian Jornet’s book and run up Mount Everest (page 54)? For more inspiration on what to do with your current peak condition head over to mensrunning.co.uk and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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