I started writing this post two months ago and put it away for a while, but I think it's about time I talk about my amazing "discovery". I feel like I'm the last person to figure this out, but I'm sure there are others who have yet to discover this.
I didn't start drinking espresso or coffee until a few years ago. I was "instructed" back in 1999 not to start drinking it because once you start, you're "hooked and doomed". So I followed that advice for years and didn't touch the stuff. When I finally broke into it, I started with espresso (and lots of milk, a.k.a. latte) occasionally on the weekends; nothing regular. Then I added in the occasional coffee (lots of milk, again) and found that it wasn't so bad either. I've graduated to straight espresso or coffee if it's a really rough day, but most of the time I put in plenty of milk. Either way, I probably take in a coffee beverage no more than once per week most weeks, so I'm a recreational user.
I never understood why runners would talk about having a cup of coffee before their morning races. I always though that was bizarre that they would do such a thing like take in caffeine before a race, especially a short race. What I didn't know about was the wonderful property that coffee has to get "things" moving in a short period. It wasn't until I drank some coffee to intentionally get things moving one morning that the lightbulb came on - it's not the caffeine, ah ha! Nothing is more stressful than trying to find a spot-a-pot minutes before a race, and coffee is a great way to take care of business before leaving the comfort of your home/hotel room. So from now on, I'll be joining the thousands of racers who already know about this and adding a cup of coffee to my pre-race routine. And now you know too (if you didn't already).
One Month Done
5 years ago