Nick

Kara

12.15.2010

Caffeine versus no caffeine

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Sorry to continue to belabor the same topic here, but I am kind of in awe about the caffeine awakening that I have just discovered. This morning right when I woke up to pump and go swimming, Nick was up crying. I've been suspecting he's either getting a tooth or an ear infection is coming, and he was standing up in the crib jumping (this means he's not going back to sleep). I read him a book and rocked him and by the time I got to swimming I was late and didn't have time for coffee. Totally different experience!   I was about 1/2 the energy/speed as Monday when I was seriously rocking the workout.

I don't think that I want to get into coffee every morning. I've never been a big caffeine person. I have read studies that coffee is actually good for you (in moderation), but I think my biggest concern is that if I start drinking it routinely, I will need it and have headaches if I don't drink it.
What do you think?  I think I'll try to save it for before hard workouts and races.  The thing is though, that might be 5 days a week. At least for swimming - it is 3 and then in the new year when I get back into running, that adds 3 more days. Hmm.

I've always thought that coffee just smelled so appealing and when I'd watch shows where people would be drinking a cup of coffee all curled up, it just looked so warm and cozy.  I started craving coffee when I was pregnant with Kara and while pregnant had about 2 cups of decaf coffee. Otherwise I've always been a tea drinker, but while pregnant, tea wasn't all that appealing to me and I haven't been drinking it as much since. Maybe it's time to join the masses and become a coffee drinker? Yikes!!

Do you drink coffee everyday? How much? How do you take your coffee?  Do you like flavored or straight up?  What's your favorite flavored coffee?


 I think I like it latte style. Half milk, half coffee. No sugar needed if I use almond milk. I think a gingerbread flavor might taste yummy!

By the way, I'm negligible sore today from body pump. I can feel it a little bit. Like the idea to add more weight - I think that would have made a difference. Tomorrow's plan is compliments of Fancy Nancy who gave me a great idea to do supersets with 10 minutes of cardio in between. I'm going to do 3 supersets with 10 minutes of running in between.  I think maybe 10 minutes on the bike to warmup, then superset 1, run 10 minutes, superset 2, run 10, superset 3, run 10. I'm excited for this!   Thanks Nancy!! Love the idea to switch it up a bit.

18 comments:

  1. I just started drinking coffee a couple of years ago at my hubby's suggestion before races. Then I'd have it once a week before my long run.
    Now I have it 3x/week all before hard workouts. Only about 4-6 oz though and with a bit of Stevia. I definitely feel a difference from it but don't wanna fall into a daily habit.

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  2. They say a little caffeine is good for performance, I see no harm in a small cup.

    When I needed a 30oz cup to get me through my morning, I knew it was time to give it up though. Over the past 6 months I've weaned myself down to one cup of tea in the morning. Caffeine can definitely enslave you.

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  3. I have to have coffee daily or I will blow my brains out. Which probably means I need some kind of 12 step program. So there it is. :)

    I drink it with a little 1/2 and 1/2 and glucose powder if coffee, straight up if espresso or cappucino. And then I drink it some more.

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  4. I don't actually like the taste of coffee AT ALL so I don't drink it, period. I do like an occasional tea... now that it's so cold I find I have one every day, not so much for the caffeine as for the warmth. I can't say I notice a difference if I have a tea or not.

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  5. I drink coffee every day!!!! Probably 3-4 large cups could be more. I love the smell, everything! Couldn't imagine starting a day without it!!

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  6. I only drink one cup of coffee a day - in the morning. Its just a enough... :)

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  7. I drink coffee socially or when I'm 'renting space' at a coffee shop to do work, but it's pretty rare that I'll seek it out, and often I'll order decaf. I actually don't think caffeine affects me all that much, but like you, I worry about developing a need for it!

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  8. I drink coffee (strong coffee) in my to-go cup every morning on my way to work. I like it with a little bit of milk and sugar.

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  9. I drink almost a cup of coffee a day at work (so about 4 cups a week) and will sometimes treat myself to a mocha on the weekend but never have an adverse reaction if I don't have it. I think you'll be okay if you have a up every now and then.

    And don't discount the effects of the body pump class. I think we are trained to think we have to have pain to get results but I remember in law school when I would go with my friends to these classes that I thought were so lame, well, go figure, it was with those classes that my body started to transform a little and I was getting results I didn't get through killing myself in workouts.

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  10. I'm with Angela. I drink a bit more than her (usually a cup every day and sometimes a shot of espresso too) and while I really like it, if I don't have it I am fine. Like you though- slower in the pool- though I don't notice a difference running without it? Though I guess whenever I'm going to run hard I drink an espresso first. I see no need to give up my habit. I drink it black at this point, but that's bc I drink the good stuff. Not all coffee is good coffee and the more you drink it the more you'll discover this. Flavored coffee is for people who really don't like coffee.

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  11. I remember the day I discovered coffee back in 2002 and haven't quit since (except for the 1st trimester of both pregnancies). My husband started drinking it in grad school and said that it made him work so much faster, think more clearly, and was more creative. We like to freshly grind our beans each morning, I think it tastes better that way. I just put a little bit of sugar in it.

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  12. I LOOOOVVVEEE my coffee. I drink a lot of it, about 3 - 4 16 oz cups per day. BUT.. I will not, under any circumstances have caffeine before a workout or a race. It's like my reward rather than my fuel. Another oddity about my addiction, I don't suffer headaches if I go a day or two without it. Guess we're all different.

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  13. I love coffee and drink it every day. I try to moderate my intake while pregnant or breastfeeding, but I prefer to have about 3 6-8 oz cups a day.

    I drink it with skim milk.

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  14. Coffee is one of my favorite things, but not necessarily the caffeine. I drink coffee almost every morning. Of course when I am pregnant, it's decaf and when I am nursing it's decaf mostly, maybe a half caf if I just finished nursing or pumping. I usually drink a travel mug of coffee a day, not a whole lot though. And I only drink it in the morning. It's doesn't have the same effect in the afternoons for me. I just drink it with a little skim milk or almond milk, that's it. I don't like my coffee sweetened with any sugar. I don't mind the flavored coffees though. Yes, I can tell a difference if I drink coffee before a big workout. It does help. I don't think a little coffee is bad though. At most, I drink 2 cups a day, and right now it's all decaf. Can't wait for the real stuff again. :)

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  15. No more than 2 caffienated cups per day or I get the serious jitters! I do find caffiene helps a workout. If it's good coffee I take it black no sugar. If it's instant I often need a wee spoonful of sugar unless I can get soya milk.

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  16. I'm not a coffee drinker so i dont really get the hype...

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  17. Huh. And here I was thinking I was the only one out there who doesn't like/drink coffee (however I LOVE the aroma!)! :) Not even coffee related products (ice cream etc). However I live with someone who is definitely in need of a cup or two before his run/work/any activity that doesn't involved sleeping,:) so it has it's own dedicated shelf in our kitchen. My 'caffeine' is hot chocolate - which is my post long run Sat AM treat. (insert drool here)

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  18. Two cups a day in the morning.

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