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Natalia Vodianova: Fitness requires mental strength

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Natalia Vodianova attends the Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards on November 1, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Natalia Vodianova attends the Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards on November 1, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - MAY 12: Natalia Vodianova arrives at Nice airport on May 12, 2011 in Nice, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)

Natalia Vodianova didn’t bother training for a recent half marathon as she wanted to "feel out" her metabolism.

The supermodel began taking part in the races three years ago. Each year she competes in one during Paris Fashion Week, but this time round she took a new approach. The 30-year-old decided against running a lot before the event took place.

“I don’t train. I haven’t done anything for the past three months because I’ve been feeling out my metabolism,” she explained to the latest edition of UK magazine Elle. “Running is all about mental strength and understanding what your body needs. I’ve been able to do this [half marathon] and my time was better than last year! I feel really sure of my body.”

Natalia has a sensible attitude towards food and exercise.

Although she does treat herself from time to time, the star never feels the need to overindulge when it comes to meals. She thinks that is linked to her childhood, when she grew up in Russia.

“Food is a big pleasure in life and a great treat – I learnt this when I was young because I didn’t get many treats. There was very little, but I needed very little, so it was OK. I never thought of regular eating as a given – a bowl of soup was often enough and, as long as my belly was full, I could focus on more important things, like getting on with life,” she explained.

“I feel like I am almost back [in Russia], I have a similar relationship with food.”

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