How can Caffeine Help your Marathon Performance

Posted: October 4, 2007 in marathon training

In my quest to run Nairobi Marathon under three hours am always interested in any idea that may boost my performance. Active magazine on their website have this article about caffeine and how it can lift your performance.

In one study elite runners who drunk caffeinated drink improved their performance on tread mill run by 1.9 percent. And on another study Cyclist who drunk caffeine boosted performance by 15 percent.

So How does the most widely used “drug” achieve this effect? It appears caffeine enhances performance in shorter events by stimulating the nervous system in ways that enable the muscles to contract faster and more efficiently. In longer events, caffeine delays fatigue by reducing the athlete’s perception of effort. If you plan to do your long race you might consider taking that mug of coffee as part of your preparation and you might improve your endurance. If you find you are running longer distance and feel less tired than usual then it means the caffeine is working.

There are different forms of caffeine. You can gulp the normal coffee or tea drink, you may also swallow caffeine tablet normally used by professional athletes and lastly you may drink the now so common caffeinated sports drink.

Just like many research its had to know whether caffeine boosts performance for real. Our bodies are different what works for someone else might not work for you. The only way to know whether something works is to try it out. For amateur runners you might not see much difference because you lack natural talent. And natural talent is what sets us apart with the professional.

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Comments
  1. JCJONES says:

    “For amateur runners you might not see much difference because you lack natural talent. And natural talent is what sets us apart with the professional.”

    Nice! Clearly there is no benefit to running outside of trophies and sponsorships. The bigger they are the harder they fall. Hope you are still on the top of your game. Jackass!

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