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Coffee before running - yay or nay?

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  1. Ironnik94 Silver Belt

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    Hi,

    so i've been drinking a cup of coffee between 30-45 minutes before lifting for some time now and feel pretty good doing so, however, i feel like coffee (even if it's completely black; just hot water and coffee) feels kinda heavy in my stomach while running and i don't remember running a time i was satisfied with either, when having downed a cup before running.
    I mostly run a 5k, sometimes a 10k and recently 3 x 1k with 2 minutes of rest in between.

    So my question is: what are your experiences with coffee and/or caffeine before running and have you got any advice?
     
  2. j-boxing Orange Belt

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    I drink black coffee before all exercise (including running), and often on an empty stomach.

    It doesn't bother me as long as there's a sufficient gap (30 minutes or whatever) between the drinking and the exercising.

    I don't have any advice or insights for you, though. I suspect it just depends on your individual physiological constitution.
     
  3. xPINKx i like turtles

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    I'm also fine with coffee before any kind of exercise, if it doesn't work for you, you can try either caffeine tablets or caffeine gum.
     
  4. RR010V Orange Belt

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    I also get an upset stomach from coffee. I now drink a glass of milk before I drink my coffee and that seems to help alot for me. I drink it 45 minutes before excercise
     
  5. Pedro Del Mar Purple Belt, Freestyle Kickboxing. White, Sokudo.

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    Usually a short dark strong coffee, not much milk and 2 tea spoons of sugar. Just seems to give me a little boost
     
  6. vcmmafan Black Belt

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    Caffeine is performance enhancing for endurance runners. The sweet spot apparently for caffeine dosage and performance enhancement is five milligrams of caffeine for every kilogram of body weight . For a 150 lb. runner, that equates to 340 milligrams of caffeine. But I'd suggest <300 or 300 exactly. Take just enough where it's not dehydrating you. It lowers your perceived exertion.

    There is a reason it's banned at certain doses in the Olympics.
     
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  7. Robocok Black Belt

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    I like the fancy organic stuff. Brew method probably also counts. Something about tannins I heard somewhere. Are tannins bad? Screenshot_20200123-184004_Samsung Internet.jpg
     
  8. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    No. This stopped in 2004.

    It is currently back in the monitoring program:
     
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  9. Ironnik94 Silver Belt

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    Thanks for the replies so far. I'll just try it out some more times in the future, probably with slightly different timings and a less full stomach also.

    What (and when?) do you guys eat if you want to get in an intense session of cardio of let's say ~20-35 minutes?

    I figured that beet juice 2-2.5 hours before running helps significantly, but i'm still not entirely sure on what to eat.
    Maybe having the last big meal at least 3 hours before running and a little snack 30-45mins. before running?

    Also heard about some carbs and fat 1.5h before running being good, for example in the form of a banana and a few almonds.
     
  10. HomeCheese Black Belt

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    Some NBA players have coffee with butter in it from a grass fed cow. I think it's supposed to open your blood vessels.

    I drink coffee in the morning and not after. The earlier I run the faster I seem to go. Not sure if it's because of the coffee or because I get more tired as the day goes on.
     
  11. DEVILsSON Black Belt

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    I remember getting good results from caffeine(~3-5mg per kg bodyweight) and aspirin(~5mg per kg). I am terrible all things aerobics so I leaned pretty hard on this stuff when I had to run a couple miles or other such activities. Beta alanine was also helpful.
     
  12. Ironnik94 Silver Belt

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    Thanks, not gonna use Aspirine though, AFAIK it's considered a PED and while i might not compete, it'd still feel wrong for me.
    Will experiment more with coffee though i think. Caffeeine as a sup might be a thing for the future though in my case.
     
  13. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    You’re asking about caffeine, but won’t take ASA/Aspirin? Lol

    Are you confusing it with something else?
     
  14. Ironnik94 Silver Belt

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    Isn't caffeine legal within a certain range? If not, then i probably won't do it, but i think caffeine is fine (and legal in competition) within the amounts in coffee though.
     
  15. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    Bro...are you even reading your own thread? You literally quoted the post I made about caffeine.

    Where did you get this information from? What do you think acetylsalicylic acid is and does? It's not banned by WADA at all.
     
  16. Ironnik94 Silver Belt

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    I'm confused rn, sorry.
    As for Aspirin: if i'm not mistaken Aspirin Complex is on the list for banned substances in many sports.
    Feel free to correct me though!
     
  17. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    If you're not in the US, it's not on WADA's list at all.

    If you are in the US:

    https://www.usada.org/wp-content/uploads/2019-wallet-card.pdf

    First one on the list.

    10/10 researching-things-for-yourself skills, brah.
     
  18. Ironnik94 Silver Belt

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    Thanks. Aspirin Complex seems to be banned in some cases though, because of the peseudoephedrin.
    You're right, but no reason to be rude, man!
     
  19. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    That's not "Aspirin". That's "Aspirin taken in combination with another drug that might be/is banned".
     
  20. Ironnik94 Silver Belt

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    Fair enough mate.
     

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