January 28th, 2011

cliff

the coffee progression

I think I've become a coffee drinker, after resisting it for years.  Here's how it happened.

July 2009:  I move in with J who is a regular coffee drinker, so it's always around.

Last spring / early summer:  I read several articles about how caffeine consumption shortly before exercise improves performance, which makes sense when you think about it.  I decide to try it out but only on longer runs.  I add a cup of coffee to my breakfast on the days I'm going to the trail to run (going to the trail equals a run of at least five miles.)  I'm not sure if it helps as I can't run a double blind study on myself, but it certainly doesn't hurt. 

Last fall:  I started taking a college class, which meant I was up earlier than J on school days as well as running days.  Borrowing an idea from a friend I start to make coffee on those mornings so it would be ready when he got up, but still only drank it if I was running longish.

Late November/December:  show from hell.  Not enough sleep or sanity.  I started drinking coffee on the weekends to gear up for a long day, and occasionally before class too.  Also, as the weather got colder I realized I like having a warm drink in the morning.

Now:  I have a cup of coffee daily, sometimes more.  On short run days I have my coffee after I get back (before I just have some gatorade and get out the door).  According to J this was his secret plan all along.

So I've become a coffee drinker.  I don't drink it black, I prefer my coffee with a generous portion of milk (1%), though I suppose I may fall off that slope someday too.
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