It’s no secret that caffeine is very valuable to a runner. There’s dozens of studies out there that will tell you all about its performance enhancement. You may even be drinking some coffee right now as you read it and wait for your next run.
There’s a couple factors that go into coffee intake before a run. Timing is important because you want to get the effect of the caffeine but you also don’t want to stop in the middle of your run and then start looking for a place to go.
In the spirit of Food Week on Citius Mag, we decided to put a call out for some tweets on how professionals and everyday runners approach coffee.
Here’s what the professionals had to say. No surprise with Nick Symmonds’ answer.
Doppio on ice 2 hrs before race 👌☕️❄️
— gabriele grunewald (@gg_runs) June 15, 2017
Never had a coffee. @william_leer had me try a shot ONCE before a workout. Awful stuff
— Nick Willis (@nickwillis) June 15, 2017
Drink coffee until you're shaking. Poop. Race.
— Craig Lutz (@Craig_Lutz) June 14, 2017
small black coffee in am to fend off dependency headache, 3 shot americano 1 hour before warm up, 1 @rungum after warm up. ⚡️⚡️⚡️
— Aisha Praught Leer (@aishapraught) June 15, 2017
I don't do caffeine. I'm a boss
— Ford Palmer (@GoFordPalmer) June 13, 2017
No coffee, no race
— Brandon Hudgins (@bhudgnasty) June 13, 2017
— Nick Symmonds (@NickSymmonds) June 15, 2017
5 – 7 day caffeine wash before race day. Triple shot latte 1 hour before warm up, 1 pack @RunGum before drills, then open can of whoop ass.
— Jessica Tonn (@JessTonn) June 15, 2017
Last but certainly not least, Houston distance running coach Steve Magness chimed in with an excerpt from his book PEAK PERFORMANCE, which is sold out on Amazon but available on other sites like Barnes and Nobles. Several of the members of our staff have read it and certainly recommend it. Looks great on your book shelf between The Sports Gene by David Epstein and Running with the Buffaloes by Chris Lear.
Drinking a coffee to keep you alert? Take a Nap instead! Naps improve alertness more than your favorite drink: https://t.co/4xd96ijkMz
— Steve Magness (@stevemagness) June 15, 2017