Bluesquare wrote: »
Do people take caffeine during a marathon? In what format and when ? Trying to practice race day nutrition and not sure what my best options are . Have bought shot bloks with caffeine ?
walshb wrote: »
Too much and you'd probably fail a dope test....:rolleyes:
average_runner wrote: »
You can get gels with caffeine in it, but it only works if you don't really drink coffee!! If you drink coffee your body will be used to it.
YFlyer wrote: »
Evan Scully wrote: »
Caffeine was on the banned list up until early 2000s.
It helps for sure, but to get the best out of it, you should cut down for 2 weeks prior and then you'll get a better hit from it come race day.
Its also worth noting that caffeine takes roughly 40mins to kick in. So taking a caffeinated gel at 22 miles will only mean you can put your clothes on faster! So time the intake of it.
I have a 2 videos on my youtube channel about marathon nutrition and also caffeine (but i cant link it as I'm only new here)
sideswipe wrote: »
I drink a lot of coffee 4/5 cups a day. For 3 weeks before a marathon I stop and go decaf. Then when I take a caffeinated gel in the later stages of my target marathon I can feel my body actually respond to the caffeine hit. I've tried not quitting caffeine in the run up and the perceived boost isn't there.