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Caffeine: Can It Help You Run Faster?

Coffee and Caffeine the Legal performance enhancer

Although there are thousands of drugs on an athlete’s ban list most can be grouped into five categories

The five main categories of drugs that are banned are:

Anabolic steroids-these are muscle builders, and can also help athlete’s recover faster after training

Peptide hormones - these are naturally found in the body, but produce similar effects to the anabolic steroids

Analgesic painkillers - such as morphine

Stimulants - drugs like amphetamines and cocaine because they can raise heart rate and therefore improve performance;

Diuretics - chemicals that help the body to lose fluids, helpful in losing weight.

However there are legal drugs athletes can take including the controversial new generation of fitness supplements, many are used as a legal alternative to anabolic steroids.

These include



Tryptophan or 5HT

And Protein powders

Two cups of strong coffee

However in a trial by an athlete he found that by drinking Coffee just before a race he performed better, he tried this over a period of time and found that if he abstained from coffee a week before a race and then had two cups of strong coffee just before a race his performance increased considerably, it was the caffeine.

Caffeine is a legal performance enhancer

Caffeine is not banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Caffeine is a potent and quick-acting drug and works in different degrees in different people depending on height build etc. It has an almost instant effect on your mind and body which will continue to influence your state for 6-8 hours afterwards.

Caffeine can be found in many products including tea, coffee, cola drinks, chocolate, and cocoa and some “energy drinks”

Espresso Coffee contains around 80 – 90 mgs


Where a cup of Instant decaffeinated coffee contains about 3 mgs, the same cup of regular instant coffee contains around 70-100 mgs it all depends on the size of cup, an average cup is 170 ml. A cup of espresso coffee contains about 80-90 mgs whilst a cup of tea contains around 50 mgs of caffeine and a can of coke between 35 and 45 mgs. Some cokes have more caffeine then other so it all depends on the brand.

And the winner is:-


But the winner is the high energy drink depending on the brand it can contain as much as 400 mgs or even more. Recent research into the effects of coffee has found it contains additional stimulating effects including an unknown chemical agent which stimulates the production of cortisone and adrenaline, two stimulating hormones


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Comments (15)

Great read!I have been a serious coffee drinker since age 16.It does get my heart started each day!

carole (bishy57)

Love coffee, i can't function until i have had at least three cups lol

I have to disagree with you; it may help your endurance but there are also some doubts about but certainly don't increase the speed of your runs. Caffeine has also an effect of dehydration which is also not good during your runs. Good article and contains certainly good facts but the effect for a better run is minimum; I doubt you will find a marathon runner who will drink a lot of coffee before their runs. Drinking plenty of water is more beneficial.

Neva Flores

I have to have my caffeine! Good article

Ranked #22 in Tea & Coffee

Thank you Erik on your comments, in a recent article it states, and I quote. "Caffeine is one of the best-tested ergogenic aids and is known to help athletes train harder and longer. Caffeine stimulates the brain and contributes to clearer thinking and greater concentration. There are more than 74 good studies on the use of caffeine for both endurance exercise and short-term, higher intensity exercise. The vast majority of the studies conclude that caffeine does indeed enhance performance" for the full article

Christine Ramsay

Caffeine always gives me a high and palpitations so I don't drink it often but I can see how it would help an athlete's performance. A really interesting article.


Coffee helps one keep awake the whole night ,as one has to visit the loo twice as many times more, than on days one doesn't have coffee . As far as running is concerned JD, you try and write an addendum to this profile of yours . Fine otherwise.

For years I worked night shifts, and I can vouch for the fact that coffee was the one thing that kept me from falling asleep and kept me mentally alert. Dont know about the running though, as I dont do too much of that !

Interesting article on coffee. The energy boosting effects are proven characteristics but I am not so convinced about the benefits for running.

u should be happy i am having a long coffee break hope to dtink gallons and then run million km

I'd like to take coffee too. The problem's my blood pressure may go up. I have had a bout with hypertension.


First the aoma when I grind the beans, then the waiting for my beans to work their magic.... oh, I say hurry up, I press slowly and the aroma is getting stronger. Wow, got there, quick, pour it into my LARGE cup and a little milk. At last, I have my morning fix. Oh, thats better, now I feel alive and thinking straight, now, to post my comment in Johnnydod's Caffeine... Can it help you.

You bet it can, ooh I might get another cup in a minute.

Great article Johnny. Thanks:))))

Alex Zorach

I just found this old discussion but it seems there is some disagreement here. I don't know about all the issues, but recently I've been researching the question of caffeine and dehydration, and I've found that there's a strong scientific consensus that caffeine DOES NOT contribute to dehydration, at least when used in moderate quantities and over the long term. I've been working on an article:">Caffeine and Dehydration on

I'd recommend checking it out--I cite authoritative scientific sources that can hopefully put an end to some of the uncertainty and debate, at least on the dehydration question. But it is true that there remain other reasons to avoid or limit your intake of caffeine...just as caffeine does have certain benefits.

Alex Zorach

Oops, it seems to not like HTML in these comments, here is the raw link, sorry about that:

Great work, man.