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My sister was a top runner in high school and college and continues to run and has run around a half-dozen marathons and a few half marathons....

Anyway, she was having problems with high blood pressure. It can happen to anyone, no matter how fit they are (i've heard rumors that running marathons may actually over stress your heart).

So, anyway, she would drink a few cups of coffee a day. Her doctor said that the caffeine was not a contributing factor to permanently high blood pressure and never made her quit drinking coffee (except for the days of her heart exams).

So, drink all the coffee you want before you run! Just make sure to watch your hydration.

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I heard "coffee" and "Starbucks" and ran here as fast as I can!!

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And keep drinking Starbucks unless you have high blood pressure ;)

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John, my husband is a young heart patient. He had a triple bypass in March of this year and he's 44. Prior to that, he was biking 19 miles to work each way. How did he know he had a problem? He started getting tired after 5 miles on the bike.

So thank our lucky stars that he was active and recognized something funky going on. If he was a couch potato, he probably would have eventually had a heart attack (causing actual damage).

Moral of the story - stay active and worry if your performance changes greatly.

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People run without coffee????????? wow.

All kidding aside, I think it's like any other thing--your body is unique and will respond to various fuels according to its design. As long as you're in good health (and the doctor agrees) and you feel fine, then enjoy the cup of joe.

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There is caffeine in gels too...

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I agree with Carolyn - if you feel you are having issues with your heart, go see a doctor.

Yes, you can have a heart attack while running but on the flip side you can have a heart attack while doing anything or nothing at all. Runners can have heart disease just like anybody else.

If you feel you are suffering from heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), you need to find out the cause. To the doctor you must go.




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Glad,

Great advice. Always listen to the doctor.

Lots of articles about Jim Fixx on the net, and many books about him.
Jim Fixx, the author of the best seller, The Complete Book of Running, died of a heart attack at the age of 52. He started running at about 35, lost 50 pounds, etc. His father had a heart attack at a young age and lived but had very little quality of life. If I remember right, he refused to go to the doctor when he was having chest pains a week or two before his death.
Just saying.......


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Ha! Starbucks is GREAT for running.

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PerryR - Years ago in either college or high school we watched a video about a guy who had suffered a heart attack. He was young - in his 40s or 50s. He went into a depression over his condition. Thinking his life was pretty much over anyway, he paid all of his bills and left notes for his wife and kids. He decided he was going to end it by running until his heart gave out. He figured it would not be ruled a suicide and therefore his family could collect the insurance money.

He put on his running shoes and shorts and left that evening to take care of his business. He ran and he ran and he ran. He ran to exhaustion and decided that he didn't want to run anymore. This was taking too much time, so he walked the several miles back home. The next day he ran again with the same results. After awhile he realized he was feeling better and in fact his heart was getting stronger. He literally ran himself out of his depression and continued to make running a part of his life.

That's why I don't think that running will necessarily kill you. There are situations where people have heart conditions that result in death from intense exercise, but I think for the majority of people that's not the case, even with a little jolt of caffeine.

John or anyone else on this thread - If you have a personal concern, talk to your doctor and see if you can go in for a stress test where they measure your heart while you exercise.

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This is a good thread!
Green tea is a good idea. I'm a coffee drinker, the serious kind...
Was joking about exploding hearts but a appreciate what John said about heart attacks.
I'm no expert by any stretch, but when I first started to ride bike and run, I asked my doctor, healthcare provider, MD & athlete friend, and an exercise physiologist (whatever that is), how hard I can push without something bad happening. They all told me that I can push as hard as I want. No limit. So - I do - right to the limit on almost every run. I'm 61 and hope to get a LOT older. Last 5K race I ran, average HR was 95 % of my max... That's pushing it.
Are we at risk if we do that? I'm in good shape and never have any trouble. Maybe it's not a good idea for those that aren't?

Anybody know?

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If the caffeine in the coffee has you more jittery than you want, you can try the Green Zen tea. They have it both hot and cold. I get very buzzy from too much caffeine so I usually only drink decaf coffee, but I got addicted to the iced green zen over the summer when we would go to Starbucks after ocean swims. It has less caffeine than the coffee.

In fact I'm finishing the cup I bought this morning!

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PERRYR- Ive heard of runners having Heart attacks during race ? emoticon

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And if your heart does burst, please post all the details...
I'll try to figure out how far I can push before the same thing happens to me.

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LMAO Adrian!!!

John, if it makes you uncomfortable, don't drink the coffee. Otherwise, it's perfectly fine to enjoy a cup before a run.

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Tammy- I know Arian eggs me on, it's all light hearted (no pun intended) emoticon emoticon

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Now John I have to confess that even though Adrian described a graphic visual... I had a good laugh over it. :) LOL

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER- I went from no coffee to Starbucks because the group meets there

Tammy- great article


Adrian- that's sick visual

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Caffeine is great for performance - however, remember if you aren't used to Starbucks brews they are higher in caffeine than your typical coffee.

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John - one cup of coffee does no harm. Here is a good article (or at least I think it is a good article)

www.runtheplanet.com/trainingracing/
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Yes that's right you will keel over and die because your heart has burst from your chest and is now flopping in the middle of the road... :-)

Seriously, just get out there and run.

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Is drinking strong coffee & running for 1 hour or longer bad for the heart?

the new group Ive started running with on Sunday Long runs we meet at Starbucks, and I've started drinking the strong coffee before, sometimes feel heart racing before we start-lol

I did read once that on runs longer than 30 min it increases dehydration, on other reports it's said that coffee is a good tool for running to enhance performance. Regardless what about the old ticker since running speeds everything up as it is can caffeine make the heart beat faster adding more stress on it?

.....just wondering

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