Should You Drink Coffee Before Or After Your Morning Run?

When is the best time to have that customary cup of coffee? Our resident coach shares if its before or after that morning run.

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NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training!

Q: Is caffeine better to drink before or after a morning run?

A: As an avid coffee drinker, I would say both! Having a small amount of caffeine 30 to 60 minutes before you run can give you the little boost you need to help you get out the door.

Aside from helping you wake up, science shows that caffeine may have a positive impact on speed and endurance. A cup of coffee or tea, energy gel or even caffeinated gum does the trick without making you feel too jittery.

Be patient though, it may take some practice for your body to get the timing right, so you aren’t just running to the restroom! After a run, you won’t get the same performance benefits—but it might help you feel alert for the day ahead!

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