Runners, if you have a 5K coming up – keep this in mind, from the International Journal of Sports and Nutrition: Drink 2 cups of coffee about 45 minutes before your run. It’ll increase your speed by 3%. That may not seem like much – but if you run a 5K in about 30 minutes, you’ll shave almost a minute off your time. What’s the magic in coffee that makes the difference?
The combination of caffeine and antioxidants improves blood flow, reduces feelings of pain, and improves diaphragm strength – so you can breathe easier during exertion. So drink 2 cups of coffee about 45 minutes before your run.