Runners and caffeine

Caffeine has once again made it’s way into the headlines as a performance enhancer. Even after it has been disclosed that caffeinated runners have been running their way to the emergency room. Maybe the careless New York Times article had contributed to those incidents.

Before any runner thinks they are going to improve their performance by 6% by taking a caffeine supplement, you need to be aware of the potential consequences. Running on excessive amounts of caffeine can lead to cardiac arrest during endurance events. if you do not drink caffeinated beverages on a regular basis then you are even more prone to cardiac arrest during endurance events.

My advice is not to use caffeine as a performance booster just because some researcher’s mouse received a 6% performance boost from it. Instead the best performance booster should be a well constructed training plan and then trust your training when the time comes to race.

This doesn’t mean you need to cut caffeine out of your routine entirely. As the Running Doc said, it is fine to have a cup of coffee (200mg of caffeine) prior to a running activity or race. Just don’t over do it.

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