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Many runners wonder whether caffeine can help or hurt while training for a race. Caffeine has a diuretic effect, which can cause dehydration, and there are a few things to consider when taking caffeine during your training.
1. If you're a daily caffeine drinker, it's advised that you continue to drink caffeine as you normally would to avoid any difference in your body's mental and physical performance.
2. Caffeine stimulates the brain and is known to help athletes train better and harder because of the natural effects of caffeine.
3. If you're not a regular caffeine drinker, don't assume that caffeine will give you an extra boost of energy or increase your performance. Caffeine can have varying effects on people who are not regular takers, including nausea and nervousness.