Boost Your Run with Caffeine

Ever got the Employee of the Month at the local coffeehouse and you don't even work there?

I read this online recently, and chuckled.

Everyone who works with me, knows that I don't function until after the first (the most important) coffee of the day.

But how can coffee help you with your training?

Well, a perfectly brewed cortado, (espresso with the perfect amount of hot milk) can be a little tricky to come by when three quarters through a marathon...

Enter: Caffeinated Gels!

There's a great variety of brands. Which tastes and works the best? Press play to find the answer:

A little extra shot of caffeine can definitely help not only with your race time, but also to make the experience more fun / less painful.

But please remember to drink water too! Otherwise you will be cursing me when your tummy cramps up.

Wishing you a wizzzzzingly fast next run ;)

Buy a Triple Shot – Explode down the street!

Buy a Double Shot – Wake Up

Buy a Single Shot – Perk up

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  • Jo joAugust 1, 2014 at 2:49pm
    Question I have been drinking coffee for a long time and found that it picks me when excercising -this caffeine gel works the same way? Reply
    • Dipika SmithAugust 1, 2014 at 4:38pm
      Hi Jo, yes that's correct. But I would still say, that if you have your coffee before you go out running, then stick to that. A good high quality blend of coffee is a healthier option in comparison with a gel. The gels are just such a good 'on the run' way to help us on those longer runs. Reply
  • LiamAugust 1, 2014 at 3:20pm
    There are an awful lot of caffeine products advertised here and there is very little science to support the claim. Caffeine can cause sleeplessness and is a stimulant. It is banned in excessive amounts for reasons. It increases sensitivity to pain too. I have no doubt that it can make you feel like you are running faster and are stronger, but would not support its use to enhance perfomance. You are better off getting a good night's sleep and avoiding the highs and lows of stimulated neuropathy. Reply
    • Dipika SmithAugust 1, 2014 at 4:40pm
      Hey Liam, I completely agree-if we lived in an ideal world, and we all had a wonderful night's sleep every night, then caffeine wouldn't be needed. But sometimes we all need a little bit of help :) Reply
  • Stephen CampbellAugust 1, 2014 at 5:51pm
    Great video Dipika! You have inspired me to try some of the caffeinated products Reply
    • Dipika SmithAugust 2, 2014 at 11:28am
      Thanks Stephen, so happy :) Enjoy them ;) Reply
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