I am a booze enthusiast. It’s a pleasant drink that allows me to be creative in substitutions and alterations. I enjoy the taste, feelings, and social atmosphere which generally accompany alcohol in my life. I am not, however, dependant on it. I frequently go a week or more without drinking and feel just as comfortable in social situations without a drink in my hand. In fact, it is not irregular for me to go to the bar with friends and order an appetizer while they drink. While alcohol is a thoroughly enjoyable part of my life, it is not an especially important one.
There is a drink, however, without which I could not function: coffee. Last summer my fiancé and I bought a espresso machine for our anniversary present. Since then, I’ve been running it pretty much non-stop. The knowledge that in a matter of mere minutes I could have a delicious cappuccino in the comfort of my home has motivated me to leave bed many a mornings to prepare for a run.
On one of these caffeinated runs, I noticed something that has changed the way I train. It was a subtle difference, but I observed that when I ran in the morning, which would typically happen about 30 minutes after drinking coffee, I was able to finish that last half mile with far more gusto than if I ran in the afternoon. Unsure whether it was simply a matter waking up refreshed vs. having gone through half the day, I decided to do some research.