365Runners
Welcome to 365Runners! We are here because we all share a running addiction. Whether training for a first marathon, a new PR, a new race distance, or anything else... welcome!

To stop the banner ads, please register and login. Otherwise, please enjoy browsing as a guest.

Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  carleenp on Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:31 pm

I read that caffeine only works as a performance booster when the person using it doesn't normally take in caffeine. I think I also read that you need to be off of it for a good 3-4 weeks first. I can officially attest to that now. I had used gels with it in the past with no notice of any difference between a caffeinated gel and an uncaffeinated one. But 6 months ago or so I gave up caffeine. During a 16 miler a few weeks ago I took 2 caffeinated gels and noticed a significant boost from them. I ended up doing an unplanned fast finish long run and felt great.  Then today I took one half way through my 10 mile pace run. I had to struggle to run slow enough the last 3-4 miles and was still too much above pace even though it was starting to get hot out and I was in the sun. Again, I felt great.

So, I am a believer.  I won't be having any more caffeine now until my race. Figured I would share in case anyone ever thought about going caffeine free in order to try this. I found it rather interesting!
avatar
carleenp
Regular
Regular

Posts : 530
Points : 3275
Join date : 2011-06-17
Age : 50
Location : Shorewood, IL

View user profile http://beautyandfashiontech.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:00 pm

Wow. I'll have to try this. I'm not a big caffeine user as I maybe have 2-3 cups of coffee per week. It would be easy to skip and just drink herbal or green tea as I often drink it for the social value (Starbucks after a run with friends)
avatar
Michele "1L" Keane
Explaining To Spouse
Explaining To Spouse

Posts : 4748
Points : 11115
Join date : 2011-06-15
Age : 55
Location : Cleveland (Bay Village), OH/Atlanta, GA

View user profile http://1lranthere.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  carleenp on Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:51 pm

Be careful with green tea. Sometimes it has caffeine! Depends on the brand.
avatar
carleenp
Regular
Regular

Posts : 530
Points : 3275
Join date : 2011-06-17
Age : 50
Location : Shorewood, IL

View user profile http://beautyandfashiontech.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  Nick Morris on Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:18 pm

I am a believer in caffeine before a hard long run or a race. I had cut caffeine out of my diet while in high school and started using it for running about 5 years ago. For me it works wonders, but I am a pretty hyperactive guy to begin with, so when I take caffeine my hyperactivity goes through the roof!!
avatar
Nick Morris
Talking To Myself
Talking To Myself

Posts : 5109
Points : 11928
Join date : 2011-06-16
Age : 37
Location : Madison, WI

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  JohnP on Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:50 pm

Carleen, do you have references as to the need to be off caffeine so long for it to be effective? I am a believer in what you say and even go so far as drinking a Rock Star (lots of caffeine) before a marathon and use the GUs with caffeine. But I have never heard you have to cut it out completely. What I read was to reduce your normal caffeine intake 2-3 weeks before a marathon but that eliminating it was not necessary. Just a quick Google search now shows lots of articles on the benefits of caffeine but none really say you have to be off it before for it to be effective.
avatar
JohnP
Explaining To Spouse
Explaining To Spouse

Posts : 1225
Points : 4229
Join date : 2011-06-15

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  carleenp on Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:43 pm

I don't recall where I read it, but I know it was within the past month. It was probably in one of the running magazines or it could also have been in the Hanson's book since I recently read that. I don't think I saw it online. I can't seem to locate it now though. I think what I read said to go off it completely for a minimum of 3 weeks. But looking now online, there does seem to be all sorts of conflicting reports on that. 

I do know that having been off of it for over 6 months, it sure does work for me when it used to do nothing noticeable for me before (I previously drank several sodas or cups of coffee/day). But how short you could go cutting it out or if just cutting back would get the same effect, I have no personal experience with.
avatar
carleenp
Regular
Regular

Posts : 530
Points : 3275
Join date : 2011-06-17
Age : 50
Location : Shorewood, IL

View user profile http://beautyandfashiontech.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  nkrichards on Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:13 pm

I also use Gu with caffeine and I think I notice a difference but it is slight.  I am a coffee drinker though.  I wonder...

If we assume that a person who doesn't consume caffeine is performing at 100% and when they consume caffeine they perform at say 110% they will notice the difference.

So is a person who normally consumes caffeine always performing above 100%...say at 105%.  When they consumed caffeine and increased their performance to 110% the increase would be more difficult to notice.

And how much of the effect of caffeine is a placebo affect?

I don't have any answers...just more questions...
avatar
nkrichards
Explaining To Spouse
Explaining To Spouse

Posts : 1981
Points : 6845
Join date : 2011-07-27
Age : 59
Location : Sunny Central Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  Nick Morris on Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:42 am

I think that caffeine does affect people differently.  For example, if I take a 5 Hour Energy Shot at 6 am, it will have me amped until like 10 pm and I end up having a hard time falling a sleep.  But I know others that have taken them and they do not do much if anything to them.  Our bodies process it differently.

Also, I do think that there probably is some placebo affect with caffeine.  But either way, for me, I get better results...I'll take that Smile
avatar
Nick Morris
Talking To Myself
Talking To Myself

Posts : 5109
Points : 11928
Join date : 2011-06-16
Age : 37
Location : Madison, WI

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  Jerry on Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:14 am

Just FYI, there is non caffeine diet coke.
avatar
Jerry
Explaining To Spouse
Explaining To Spouse

Posts : 2708
Points : 1004185
Join date : 2011-06-15
Location : Where I'm Loved

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  Nick Morris on Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:10 am

@Jerry wrote:Just FYI, there is non caffeine diet coke.

Yes Jerry, they do make caffeine free Diet Coke...
avatar
Nick Morris
Talking To Myself
Talking To Myself

Posts : 5109
Points : 11928
Join date : 2011-06-16
Age : 37
Location : Madison, WI

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  Jerry on Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:49 am

@Nick Morris wrote:

@Jerry wrote:Just FYI, there is non caffeine diet coke.



Yes Jerry, they do make caffeine free Diet Coke...
Heehee, forget the real term. I typically only drink the real diet one.
avatar
Jerry
Explaining To Spouse
Explaining To Spouse

Posts : 2708
Points : 1004185
Join date : 2011-06-15
Location : Where I'm Loved

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  carleenp on Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:33 am

I'm reading Matt Fitzgerald's new book on race nutrition right now and he said to caffeine fast for at least a week and longer if you use a lot of caffeine daily.
avatar
carleenp
Regular
Regular

Posts : 530
Points : 3275
Join date : 2011-06-17
Age : 50
Location : Shorewood, IL

View user profile http://beautyandfashiontech.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  nkrichards on Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:09 pm

@carleenp wrote:I'm reading Matt Fitzgerald's new book on race nutrition right now and he said to caffeine fast for at least a week and longer if you use a lot of caffeine daily.

Not sure I could give up caffeine entirely but I think I could fast for a week.  Wonder if I should try it prior to my marathon...
avatar
nkrichards
Explaining To Spouse
Explaining To Spouse

Posts : 1981
Points : 6845
Join date : 2011-07-27
Age : 59
Location : Sunny Central Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  dot520 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:22 pm

I gave up caffeine almost 8 weeks ago. I'll try it when I start doing long runs again and see if I notice anything. One thing I have noticed being caffeine free is that I really feel the effects of low iron now. Working on that now.
avatar
dot520
Top 10 Poster Emeritus
Top 10 Poster Emeritus

Posts : 780
Points : 3597
Join date : 2011-06-15
Age : 60
Location : Indy-sporting the cape of awesomeness

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:41 pm

@dot520 wrote:I gave up caffeine almost 8 weeks ago.  I'll try it when I start doing long runs again and see if I notice anything.  One thing I have noticed being caffeine free is that I really feel the effects of low iron now. Working on that now.

I use an iron supplement called Bifera, Dot, and it works quite well.
avatar
Michele "1L" Keane
Explaining To Spouse
Explaining To Spouse

Posts : 4748
Points : 11115
Join date : 2011-06-15
Age : 55
Location : Cleveland (Bay Village), OH/Atlanta, GA

View user profile http://1lranthere.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  dot520 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:24 pm

Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:

I use an iron supplement called Bifera, Dot, and it works quite well.

Over the counter?  I'll look into it.
avatar
dot520
Top 10 Poster Emeritus
Top 10 Poster Emeritus

Posts : 780
Points : 3597
Join date : 2011-06-15
Age : 60
Location : Indy-sporting the cape of awesomeness

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:56 pm

@dot520 wrote:
Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:

I use an iron supplement called Bifera, Dot, and it works quite well.

Over the counter?  I'll look into it.

Yes, over the counter.  I found out about it at a marathon expo, and I have used it ever since.  No stomach issues.
avatar
Michele "1L" Keane
Explaining To Spouse
Explaining To Spouse

Posts : 4748
Points : 11115
Join date : 2011-06-15
Age : 55
Location : Cleveland (Bay Village), OH/Atlanta, GA

View user profile http://1lranthere.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  Nick Morris on Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:11 pm

If you are an avid caffeine drinker, then you will definitely feel the affects if you abstain for a while.  I would experiment to see how much of an affect you will get.
avatar
Nick Morris
Talking To Myself
Talking To Myself

Posts : 5109
Points : 11928
Join date : 2011-06-16
Age : 37
Location : Madison, WI

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  dot520 on Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:18 am

@nkrichards wrote:
Not sure I could give up caffeine entirely but I think I could fast for a week.  Wonder if I should try it prior to my marathon...

You mean try it prior to one of your long runs, right??
avatar
dot520
Top 10 Poster Emeritus
Top 10 Poster Emeritus

Posts : 780
Points : 3597
Join date : 2011-06-15
Age : 60
Location : Indy-sporting the cape of awesomeness

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  carleenp on Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:07 pm

I used my last long run today to test my fueling for the marathon, so I took three Gu's with caffeine during it. Easiest long run I have had in ages. I will have no caffeine now until the race.
avatar
carleenp
Regular
Regular

Posts : 530
Points : 3275
Join date : 2011-06-17
Age : 50
Location : Shorewood, IL

View user profile http://beautyandfashiontech.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  nkrichards on Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:42 pm

@dot520 wrote:
@nkrichards wrote:
Not sure I could give up caffeine entirely but I think I could fast for a week.  Wonder if I should try it prior to my marathon...

You mean try it prior to one of your long runs, right??

Yes,  I'll lay off the caffeine during training and take Gu with caffeine during a long run and see how it goes.  Sounds like that's exactly what Carleen did.  I've been a coffee drinker for a while now...my biggest concern may be my normal early morning...err...bodily functions.
avatar
nkrichards
Explaining To Spouse
Explaining To Spouse

Posts : 1981
Points : 6845
Join date : 2011-07-27
Age : 59
Location : Sunny Central Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Caffeine and Running (I am a believer now)

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum