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Here's another twist? I know it's and old wives tale (I apologize to all the old wives), but I like to believe that coffee stunts your growth. Thank God for that. I started drinking coffee at age twelve. I was 6'2" at age 16. I am glad coffee stopped me there.
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The dehydration issue has been debunked years ago. Google it - this myth is just that- a myth. I have a cup before I run, and in my 1/2 marathons used GU with caffeine. Works for me.
I will continue to use it.
Coffee is definitely good. I run in the AM and I swear if there is no coffee the run is not as good. More perceived effort, etc. There is a lot of research on this. I also recently bought some caffeinated gels and just threw them in with the rest. I had an awesome long run last Sunday and sure enough I had grabbed a caffeinated gel. I DON'T drink it all day but have read that 12-24 oz (or more) is good at reducing your perceived effort on a run. Actually I read 9 mg/KG of body weight is a good target. That's like 8 cups of coffee for me and that seems high....
I don't know any negatives unless you have a sensitive bladder or something like that (not an issue for me!)
I drink plenty of coffee and never did a morning run without my coffee first. Race days I take a thermos with me when I leave early in the morning so I'll be sure and get my fix. No coffee = no run for this Java Girl!
I need the caffeine boost to start me up in the morning, and a cup after workout seems to reduce the aches so I don't give up. Maybe I'll cut back to one cup when I have met my goals. I vote good in moderation.
I drink a couple of cups of coffee a day. I think if you are used to drinking coffee, you shouldn't have any problems. I drink a couple of cups on the mornings before my marathons as well. No issues during the race.
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well, I work for a coffee company so... if I had to give it up I think I will need a new job!!
I don't actually drink that much a day - if I re-hydrate by drinking lots of water is that better than not?
Could go either way! But I'm not sure if I can live with out coffee, due to my line of work.... but I don't drink coffee before I run, I don't like the extra stress on my heart. .............................Moderation is the Key........
moderation like everything else. it releases fatty acids into the blood. no evidence to show whether those FAs are actually used though it seems that they would be... I know I feel better with some coffee before a race... I think that is worth something. I do believe certain levels of caffeine are monitored by the IOC as well.
For the best effect a runner should lower use during training while still using some caffeine and then drink 1-2 cups the morning of competition.
Check this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/05/health/05brod.html
Nobody has mentioned milligrams of caffeine, which is the important part. Most reports/studies indicate that you shouldn't go above ~250 - 350 or else you risk decreases in performances, mostly attributed to the negative effects of so much caffeine. Bottom-line: coffee is great, but stick to 1-3 cups depending upon your tolerance. And definitely choose coffee over Redbull or those sugary energy drinks. Cheers, - Fitz.
Interesting thread, Oddly enough, all the research says it's bad, dehydratoin, messes with your heart rate, etc. For whatever the reason, if I do get a cup of coffee in before a run, I always feel better. However, I'm a coffee geek and love the stuff (only buy high quality beans, use a press pot and burr grinder, etc.) so it may just be a mental thing with me.