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LISA JACKSON TAKES ON ONE OF EUROPE’S MOST PICTURESQUE SPRING RACES: THE MATTONI KARLOVY VARY HALF MARATHON

MATTONI KARLOVY VARY HALF MARATHON

MATTONI KARLOVY VARY HALF MARATHON

A gathering of cakes” is how the renowned architect Le Corbusier once described Karlovy Vary, a spa town in western Bohemia, famed for the colourful, cupcake-cute Baroque and Art Nouveau gabled facades that line its streets. And now this Czech city can proudly boast that it’s also “a gathering of runners” – 4,000 to be precise – as six years ago it held its first half marathon – and it instantly became a runaway success. In fact, the IAAF has been so impressed by its first-class organisation (everything from registration to the aid stations to the after-party runs like clockwork) that it’s been designated as a Gold Label race for three years in a row, making Karlovy Vary the smallest city in the world to be given this prestigious award.

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It’s a strange thing, our relationship with food. We tuck into our favourite snacks and meals to reward ourselves, cheer ourselves up and celebrate special occasions. Mealtimes can be something to look forward to after a tough day or training session, an opportunity to share quality time with loved ones. For me, food is associated with homeliness and family, but also with health and wellbeing. Fuelling my body nutritiously gives me enormous satisfaction – it gives me a feeling of control, knowing I’m supporting my health and my running. But because of such emotional associations, our relationship with food can become very complex. And, in some cases, even detrimental to health. Over the coming pages, we look at a number of topics surrounding nutrition. From the highly emotive issue of eating disorders (page 30), to the growing trend of going meat-free (page 62), we give you the facts to help you make sense of how your diet impacts your training and heath – mental and physical. If you are moving to a vegetarian or vegan diet, you’ll find heaps of expert advice on everything from getting the right protein intake to vitamin and mineral deficiencies – and even a seven-day, meat-free meal planner (page 69). Of course, there’s lots of non-food content, too, including one feature guaranteed to get you out the door, even for just 15 minutes (page 44).